The President of the Association of Nigerian Governors and Governor of the State of Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi, said that the country’s military alone could not win the fight against Boko Haram.
Infosive reports that the governor spoke as his delegation went to give condolences to Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State after Boko Haram’s killing of nearly 100 farmers on Saturday.
He added that governors were unable to resolve the safety problems facing some parts of their states, such as piracy, kidnappings and terrorism.
“The reality we can all say, and I personally as security scholar, the reality I can see is that our military is overwhelmed. Our military is no longer in a position to single-handedly tackle this menace effectively” he said.
“It is not a criticism of our military if one were to suggest a coalition beyond that will even include our neighbouring countries, who are probably more experienced in fighting an asymmetrical war. It will not be a loss of our pride as a country”
Earlier on Monday, Governor Zulum advised President Muhammadu Buhari that Nigeria should recruit mercenaries to help fight Boko Haram.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai also said the governors’ hands were tied over security in their states.