- Traditional rulers in Nigeria have condemned the recent attacks by the deadly Boko Haram terrorists
- The Sultan of Sokoto spoke on behalf of the monarchs when some of them visited Borno state governor on Monday, December 14
- The respected monarch charged the Nigerian Army to occupy Lake Chand and Sambisa forest to defeat the insurgents
The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar, has led a team of traditional rulers from the south and northern parts of Nigeria on a condolence visit to Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state over the recent Boko Haram attacks.
Governor Zulum hosted the traditional rulers in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, on Monday, December 14.
Speaking in Maiduguri, Sultan who retired as Army General called on the Nigerian military to occupy Lake Chad region and the Sambisa forest to defeat the insurgents.
Legit.ng reports that this is contained in a statement released by the Borno statement government via its Facebook page.
Recalling how he and his colleagues occupied the Lake Chad while he was in the military, the respected monarch challenged that military to take the fight to the Lake Chad to clear the place.
"If we want peace we have to dominate these areas. If we want peace, we have to do away with those terrorists who occupy that place and see nothing good in other people except those that believe in their own negative ideas."
The monarch noted he and his colleagues were in Maiduguri on behalf of the National Council of Traditional Rulers in Nigeria on a condolence visit.
He, however, said they were not just in Borno state to commiserate with the governor but also to make a strong statement that the security challenges have to be addressed.
In his earlier remarks, the Shehu of Borno said traditional rulers will give maximum cooperation to security agencies in the fight against insurgency.
He also called on the people of Borno to continue to provide credible intelligence reports to the military, noting that the fight against insurgency is a collective responsibility.
On his part, Governor Zulum thanked the monarchs for the special visit.
Commenting on the impact of the insurgency, the governor decried the continuous dependence on donations to feed IDPs as the main source of livelihood.
He noted that there was the need to provide sources of livelihood to the IDPs and those resettled in rebuilt communities.
Traditional rulers at the meeting include the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemaka Alfred Ugochukwu, Oba Adekunle Adebayo, Ore of Otin, Emir of Hadeja, Dr Adamu Abubakar Maje, Emir of Fika, Mohammed Abale Ibn Mohammed Idrissa, and Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom, King Dr Dandasen Douglas Jaja.
Meanwhile, following the renewed attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents, a South African military contracting company, Conella Services Ltd., has offered to help if contacted by the federal government.
The military contracting company is the one hired by the Goodluck Jonathan administration to contain the Boko Haram insurgency in 2014.
The spokesperson of the security firm said the company is ready to return to Nigeria to finish the job of routing the deadly sect if engaged by the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
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