Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has said for the fight against insurgency to be more effective, the locals and the police must join the military in the war.
He said this at a virtual conference convened by Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL) in collaboration with Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) on Tuesday monitored by Newsbreak.
Zulum said since the military complained of lack of manpower, the police can be allowed to carry heavy weapons to join the fight against Boko Haram. He added that the locals would be useful as well because of their knowledge of the terrain.
The governor also said the trust deficit between locals and the military is another barrier to getting intelligence. He added that the insecurity in the region has also forced people to abandon their jobs majorly farming. He said this had rendered many jobless and susceptible to being recruited by the sect.
“How can the population have access to their farmlands, how can they get to the means of their livelihoods? Because right now what is going on is the issue of recruitment of more members into the sect. This is what we should discuss.
While the Nigerian military are doing their modest effort but the most important thing is that how can we mobilise the community to defend themselves to supplement the effort of the Nigerian military because the community know better of the terrain and others.
“The most important thing that I want to say is that the military are always complaining of lack of manpower. There is the need for us to now to supplement the effort of the military by allowing the Nigerian police to carry some heavy weapons,” he said.