The North-East Governors’ Forum has said that the Federal Government is not showing any sign of commitment to ending the insurgency ravaging the region.
CRIMECHANNELS gathered that the Chairman of the forum and Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum, made the disclosure during his speech at the opening ceremony of the 4th North-East Governors’ Forum at the Government House, Bauchi, on Wednesday, February 3.
Going forward, the forum said it was looking forward to establishing a regional security outfit that will help tackle insurgency in the area.
Prof. Zulum said, “I want to use this opportunity to call on the Federal Government to seek support from our neighbouring countries, especially the Republic of Chad, Cameroon and Niger, with a view to providing joint action that will lead to the end of this crisis.”
“Furthermore, the Federal Government has to look at the possibility of involving the mercenaries because it seems the commitment is not there. Therefore, for us to end this insurgency, we must be committed enough, we must bring in external support and hire mercenaries to end this insurgency.”
“On our part, in addition to the logical, logistical and financial support we have been rendering to the armed forces in their fight against general insecurity in the sub-region, we should also look into the possibility of forming a security outfit within the ambit of constitutional precedence and operational feasibility as has been done in other parts of the country.”
He said that the civilian joint task force in the north-eastern states would form the basis for the regional security outfit.
He however, said that in doing so, they must consult with the Military and the Nigeria Police Force.