Insurgency: DHQ says it does not have the power to hire mercenaries
- The Nigerian military has reacted to suggestions made by some Nigerians for the involvement of mercenaries in the fight against Boko Haram
- Maj Gen John Enenche, the spokesperson for the DHQ explained why the military cannot be involved in discussions about hiring mercenaries
- Enenche reiterates the resolve of troops to diligently carry out their duties
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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Thursday, December 3, made known its stand on the calls for the engagement of foreign mercenaries to fight the Boko Haram insurgency.
According to Daily Trust, the spokesperson for the DHQ, Maj Gen John Enenche, told reporters that only the federal government has the power to decide on whether to involve mercenaries in the counter-insurgency war.
“Request or proposal to engage mercenaries, that is at a very high level. The kind of armed forces and security agencies you have now is normally determined by the people. It (engagement of mercenaries) is not in our powers.”
The spokesperson pointed out that the armed forces cannot decide on such issues, saying the policymakers are responsible for making such decisions, Vanguard reported.
He said the armed forces and other security agencies have continued to take the fight to the insurgents and bandits.
Meanwhile, the chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai, has stated that terrorism is beyond the scope of many Nigerians, and it may take the country another 20 years to end the menace.
The army boss made this known while speaking through a post on his Facebook page on Tuesday, December 1. He said terrorism is a complex case hugely misunderstood by Nigerians
In another news, the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed has said President Muhammadu Buhari will complete his tenure despite the calls for his resignation.
Speaking at a meeting with the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigerian (NPAN) in Lagos on Thursday, December 3, Mohammed said the calls for the president’s resignation were political.
He described it as cheap and irresponsible to ask a president to resign before he completes his tenure over the killings of some farmers in Borno state.
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