Boko Haram: Ngilari calls for more troops to rescue North-East

Bala Ngilari Credits: Business Day

The Adamawa State governor, James Ngilari, on Thursday, asked the Federal Government to send more troops to the state to aid the fight against Boko Haram.

He was speaking to journalists after a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Boko Haram terrorists recently took over Mubi, the second largest town in the state, renaming it Madinatul Islam – the City of Islam. They also overran Michika.

Boko Haram dismissed claims of a ceasefire agreement between it and the Nigerian government that was also meant to secure the release of the 219 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls.

Speaking to journalists at Aso Rock, Mr. Ngilari noted that the security situation in Adamawa was very dicey and the state was only trying to do its best to manage the situation.

“We are praying that it will improve, but it is really something to worry about,” he said. “I can talk of my entire senatorial district, Mubi senatorial district. Five local governments have been overrun and I just got a report about the outskirts of Shanli; there is a semblance of movement in that area. Really, we need a lot of intervention. We need to move more troops to secure the state. Really, it is a big challenge.”

On the capture of the Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh’s hometown, Mr. Ngilari said there was no need to reduce the issue of the insurgency to simply the taking over of the house of the defence chief.

“There are a whole lot of things that make up the challenge of insecurity,” he said. “What about the problem of unemployment. You know it is a whole long story. We don’t just reduce it to the taking over of the house of the defence chief. I think it is more than that. Absolutely it is a challenge. We look up to God. God is there; there is nothing impossible for him. We will do our best, but it is not something that we should leave in the hand of government. Everybody has a role to play in terms of giving out information timely, in terms of convincing people who are involved. They live with us, they are not from planet Mars. They are part and parcel of the society.”

Responding to questions on how soon the insurgency in the North-east would be over, the governor said: “I believe that Nigeria will really overcome, but I don’t know the time frame. Anything that affects any part of Nigeria affects the rest. We must all see how we can tame this monster.”


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  • The truth will set you free

    Maybe the black man’s problem is genetic. But more importantly this genetic issue only manifests itself when more than one black person occupy an area. Usually when black people are alone with other races they tend to excel!!! but put them together and diminishing return sets in

    Weird really……

    Maybe we are predisposed to fail because most of us are mentally lazy, hence poor strategist to think beyond primordial needs of money, power and sex. It is probably linked to the fact that our ancestors are the ones that were too lazy to travel out of Africa, so we have inherited that lazy spirit. And the other races excel because their own ancestors migrated to harsh climates and adapted to survive
    However all is not lost, we still have hope. We managed to rid ourselves of a pariah party and government, only test is, can we stay true to journey to making Nigeria great. Last time round we lasted almost 2 years, it took us almost 30 years to get back here

  • Ataikiddeh

    Interesting article. Did you visit Botswana before you penned this article? It’s currently the most promising African nation, politically and economically.

    The black African has one problem and one problem alone, he’s been thrown into a world not ready for his level of development. The rate at which we are developing is more deliberate than the rest of the developed nations. We have a much more recent history unlike the causasians. The Caucasians have a history that stretches 400 BC. Black African history was first recorded around 15 AD. The kingdoms of Ghana, Mali and Songhai have given is a rare glimpse into what black Africans were capable of accomplishing, strong, stable and economically viable empires. Then came the trans Atlantic slave trade, the first great commercial contact with the West. Somehow, unlike other great cultures like the Chinese, we seem to have dropped our Africaness and adopted a pseudo European culture. We are therefore judged by this. In the 30’s and 40′ Africans were culturally more sophisticated than the peasant China.
    The death nail came when our founding fathers Nkrumah, Julius Nyerere, Leopold Senghor, deep thinkers, were swept away by sincere, but ill thought out revolutions. These revolutions, as in the case of Nigeria, birthed and baked an oligarch of military, civil leaders and their follwers, who have ruled Nigeria for the last 50 yrs with no standing room for outsiders and paradigm shifters. That’s the tragedy that faces us and I guess other African nations.

  • discussionJunky

    The fact that we Nigerians are asking these questions ourselves is a good start. We must not forget that leaders and leadership; vision and visionaries do come from within rather than from without. We must each look inward – at the man/woman in the mirror – in answering these questions. It is important to keep these conversations going.

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