- The governor of Borno state has been warned against engaging some soldiers from Chad in the fight against terrorism in the state
- The warning was given to the governor by the Patriotic Front of Nigeria (PFN) on Sunday, February 23
- According to the group, Governor Zulum acted as though he was Nigeria's president with the gravity of utterances he made in Chad
The Patriotic Front of Nigeria (PFN) has warned the governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum, against plans to engage the collaboration of Chadian soldiers in the fight against insurgency.
The PFN on Sunday, February 23, said Zulum's visit to N’Djamena in January to invite the country's army to come to occupy Nigeria and help fight insurgency is condemnable.
According to the group, the governor acted as though he was Nigeria's president with the gravity of utterances he made in Chad.
A statement by the group said it appears the governor plans to cede a part of Nigeria under the pretext of inviting Chadian forces to help Nigeria curtail the activities of Boko Haram and ISWAP.
The PFN, however, warned the governor to desist from this plot, urging well-meaning Nigerians and the international community to join in the condemnation.
The statement said: "We see an existential urgency for caution in this development considering that Professor Zulum now appears to be acting from the same script as the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists that had vowed to create insurgent nation-states governed by the strictest configuration of Sharia law."
It added it is totally dangerous when a governor deploys the instrument of state to back the terrorists' quest to break up the country.
"The entire region will be destabilized even as the waning insurgency and terrorism in the Lake Chad Basin will take a turn for the worse. There is also the long term stability of Nigeria that would be jeopardized," the statement added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Zulum had earlier suggested that the Nigerian Army needs at least 100,000 soldiers to win the war against insurgents in the northeast.
Zulum listing some key steps the federal government must take in order to win the insurgency war said the Nigerian Army lacks the manpower and necessary equipment to defeat the Boko Haram insurgents.
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