Hunters in Borno State on Sunday called on the military to allow them join the war against insurgents in Sambisa Forest, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Mai-Gana Mai-Durma, the Borno Emir of the Hunters, made the appeal in Maiduguri while addressing journalists.
Mr. Mai-Durma said that the call became imperative because the hunters were familiar with the terrain at the dreaded forest, the hideout and operational base of the terrorists.
“We are appealing to the military authorities to allow us join the fight against Boko Haram at the Sambisa forest.
“We are ready to pursue the terrorists because we know the terrain very well,” Mr. Mai-Durma said.
He said that the military should align them with members of the vigilante group, popularly known as the Civilian JTF, for effective result.
“We will overrun Sambisa in partnership with members of the civilian JTF if given the opportunity.
“This will help to complement the effort of military in the anti terrorism operation,” Mr. Mai-Durma said.
He lamented that hunters from the 27 local government areas of the state had been rendered idle by the Boko Haram terrorism.
“Hunters from all the 27 Borno LGAs are all in Maiduguri with our leaders doing nothing at present because of Boko Haram.
“Rather than idling away, we will want to assist the military in crushing Boko Haram terrorists,” Mr. Mai-Durma said.
He also appealed to the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Ibn Garbai, to assist in forwarding the request to the military authorities for consideration.
The Boko Haram insurgency has caused the death of about 20,000 people since 2009. The federal government recently announced that it had recovered all Nigerian territory formerly controlled by the terrorists.