The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum says the delay in arrival of imported military equipment by the federal government is a threat to counter insurgency operations in North Eastern Nigeria.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered for Tucano fighter jets and other military hardware to complement existing equipment of the Nigerian military. But the equipment are yet to arrive Nigeria months later.
Zulum spoke, Wednesday, during an interview session on Channels Television’s morning programme, ‘Sunrise Daily’, monitored by TheNewspad.com
He called on the federal government to engage mercenaries in the on-going counter-insurgency operations in the region.
The Governor however lamented that the equipment deployed by the Nigerian army to prosecute the war, were those procured about 40 years ago.
He also expressed worries that unless concerted efforts were made to address the raging insurgency, the development “will consume the greater part of the nation”.
According to him, “The equipment is coming but when will it arrive? That is a serious thing that they should look into, because we need to address this issue immediately. Otherwise, the issue will consume the greater part of the nation.
“The Nigerian Army, do they have enough vehicles? No. Do they have enough ammunition? No. Do they have enough AA guns? No. Do they have enough helicopters? No. Do they have enough numerical strength? No. They are doing their best, but again, we need to say the right thing.
“The Nigerian Army in the last 30 years or last 40 years is better than the Nigerian Army of nowadays. It is sad. It is very sad. (We are) supposed to have gone far in terms of development, but if you look at the equipment we have in the last 40 years, they are still in existence, yet Mr. President has procured some equipment”, Zulum said.
Continuing, the Governor said: “Inviting mercenaries, forming partnerships with neighbours to ensure the remnants of the insurgents are cleared, pending when they get all the requirements to face the insurgents, is something of importance. But, they don’t listen”.
“I have had a series of consultations with Mr president, and he has never told me he will not engage mercenaries, but it seems the Federal Government and the Nigerian Army have developed a lukewarm attitude towards bringing the mercenaries”, according to him.