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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