Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has urged the military to recruit more than 50,000 men in the state for the war against Boko Haram.
He said this on Wednesday when some members of the House of Representatives paid him a condolence visit over the 31 people massacred in Auno.
“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.”
Boko Haram has attacked Borno repeatedly this year as the military insist they have won the war. Lat week, the insurgents attacked and killed 30 passengers in Auno, near Maiduguri, the state capital.