“To Defeat Boko Haram, We Need 100,000 More Soldiers” – Zulum

Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, has said that the nation might need about 100,000 more soldiers to win the war against Boko Haram.

He advised that at least 50,000 people from Borno should be engaged by the military with or without western education to prosecute the ongoing war on terror.

Prof. Babagana Zulum

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Zulum stated this on Wednesday while playing host to the House of Representatives’ Committee on Defence led by its chairman, Hon. Babajimi Benson.

The governor stressed that the war against insurgents cannot be competently fought and successfully won without manpower, technology and proper funding.

Zulum told Benson during the visit that “you cannot fight this insurgency to an end without technology and without manpower and without funding”.

He said, “Take my words, they (the military) don’t have the manpower, they don’t have the equipment. Kindly advise the Speaker and the Senate President to tell Mr President to approve the massive recruitment of soldiers. We need about 100,000 more to be recruited into the Nigerian Army. They should come and employ the locals whether they have western education or not. “We need to recruit nothing less than 50,000 men from Borno, we have able-bodied men that can join the Nigerian Armed Forces on an ad-hoc basis.”

Earlier, Benson had informed the governor that his committee was in Maiduguri to pay a condolence visit in respect to the Auno attack.

Benson added that his committee was in Maiduguri to see what could be done to assist in the ongoing war against insurgency in the state.

Boko Haram burnt 30 Motorists to death as they slept in cars on Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway

Suspected militant Islamists have killed at least 30 people and abducted women and children in a raid in North-East, officials say.

Most of the victims were travelers who were burnt to death while sleeping in their vehicles during an overnight stop, officials added

The attack took place in Auno town on a major highway in Borno State.

Borno State governor Babagana Zulum looked visibly shaken when he saw the charred bodies during a visit to Auno following Sunday night’s attack, Nigeria’s privately owned This Day news site reports the militants came in trucks mounted with heavy weapons, before killing, burning, and looting, state government spokesman Ahmad Abdurrahman Bundi was quoted by AFP news agency as saying.

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The assailants “killed not less than 30 people who are mostly motorists and destroyed 18 vehicles,” the governor’s office said in a statement.

It also confirmed the abduction of women and children but did not give a number.

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” My heart is broken this morning. #BokoHaram came 2 #Auno (less than 5km to the International Airport and @NigAirForce Base) & did this to travelers who were locked out 5 minutes to 5pm from conveying their goods into Maiduguri. More than 30 people were killed and many abducted “-@DanBorno

Residents said most of the victims were traveling to the state capital, Maiduguri, but were forced to sleep in Auno, about 25km (16 miles) away, because the military had shut the road leading into the city.

Nigeria’s government has repeatedly said that the militants have been defeated, but attacks continue. (BBC)

Boko Haram Insurgency: ’90 Percent of Victims Are Muslims’- Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said seeing the wreck caused by the Boko Haram insurgency as a national threat and not a religious battle is a step towards winning the war.

Buhari said this in a tweet on Tuesday, on the heels of the vicious beheading of Lawan Andimi, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), in Michika local government area of Adamawa State.

The president maintained that the terrorists have hatched plans to turn Nigerians’ back against each other along religious lines, and a slight walk down that line is a win for the terrorists.

The president has, on other occasions, urged Nigerians to unite in the fight against terror which has lingered for over a decade. The government, at first, had described the group as being “technically defeated” but, now describes the group as “now-failing” in their activities.

He said contrary to the narrative being spread that insurgents target Christians, about 90 per cent of their victims are Muslims. He added that 2014 kidnap of 276 Chibok girls, shooting inside mosques and murder of two prominent imams are proofs to his assertion.

“Contrary to those falsehoods, Christianity is not contracting under pressure in Nigeria, but instead expanding,” Buhari wrote. “Neither is it the case that the terrorists are targeting only Christians; the reality indeed is that some 90 per cent of all Boko Haram’s victims have been Muslims.”

“Those who seek to divide and undermine us are putting their energies into spreading various falsehoods, such as that Christianity is under threat in Nigeria, and that Boko Haram is primarily targeting Christians.

“It is very tragic that there is a tiny, if vocal, minority of Nigerian religious leaders—both Muslim and Christian—who appear more than prepared to fall for the divisive antics of terrorists and to blame the opposite religious side.”

In recent months, the insurgents have intensified their strikes, especially in Borno and Yobe States. Apart from killing the CAN chairman in Adamawa State, the insurgents also recently released a clip of how they shot a student of the University of Maiduguri in a gruesome manner.

This has pushed some senators to demand the resignation of the president. The House of Representatives has also demanded the sack of all service chiefs, a quartet of military commanders who have been accused of incompetence but had remained unchanged despite public outcry.

The possibility of showing the military chiefs the exit door would later be swiped aside by the National Security Adviser. Instead of the sack, the president in his statement preached against disunity among Nigerians.

“We cannot and must not allow them to divide good Christians and good Muslims from those things that bind us all in the sight of God: faith, family, forgiveness, fidelity, and friendship to each other.

“There is no place in Nigeria for those who seek to divide us by religion, who compel others to change their faith forcibly, or try to convince others that by so doing, they are doing good.”

Boko Haram Have Made 59,311 Orphans and 59,213 Widows in Borno State Alone

The Borno State governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has said that Boko Haram has caused the emergence of 59, 311 orphans whose fathers were killed and 59, 213 widows that lost husbands to the insurgency in different parts of the state.

Governor Zulum, who was a guest lecturer at the National Defence College, in Abuja, delivered a paper with the title, “Strategic leadership: The challenges of Insurgency in Borno State.

Professor Babagana Umara Zulum

He acquainted the audience with his immediate, short and long term strategic plans in confronting the challenges from all fronts that include investing heavily on security, enrolling out of school children into existing and new mega schools, placing a ban against political thuggery with jobs being created as an alternative.

The Governor observed that the unwillingness of persons in the corridors of power to tell leaders truth about issues and the unwillingness of leaders themselves to hear the truth are some of the major problems confronting leadership in Nigeria.

He explained that a strategic leader must be a strategic listener and reader. A strategic thinker must also be a strategic learner. A strategic leader must be willing to hear the truth and to learn.

He further explained, “However, telling the truth and accepting the truth has been our major problems in Nigeria. Some people will never tell you the truth when you are in power and honestly, many of us in power also do not want to hear the truth, we prefer to be told what we like to hear and that is a serious deficit in leadership in the country.”

Zulum discussed different aspects of strategic leadership, situating them with Nigeria’s in the last 50 years and gave an account of experience working as commissioner from 2011 to 2015 and as governor in the last eight months.

The commandant of the college, Rear admiral M.M Kadiri, and the College’s Director of Studies, D.G Prayero, who spoke differently, paid tribute the governor for his frank presentation and for his exemplary style of leadership which they said have earned him so much respect and admiration within the few months he has so far served the people of Borno State.