Hunters in Borno state have made open their desire to help the Nigerian Army in their fight against Boko Haram in Sabisa forest. Addressing newsmen in Maiduguri the state capital, Malam Mai-Gana Mai-Durma, who is the state’s Emir of the Hunters, appealed to the army to be allowed to join in the fight.
According to Mai- Gana, the hunters are familiar with the terrain at the dreaded forest, the hideout and operational bases of the terrorists.
“We are appealing to the military authorities to allow us join the fight against Boko Haram at the Sambisa forest. We are ready to pursue the terrorists because we know the terrain very well,” he said.
Mai Gana went further to state that the military should align them with members of the vigilance group, popularly knwon as the Civilian JTF, for effective result.
“We will overrun Sambisa in partnership with members of the civilian JTF if given the opportunity.
This will help to complement the effort of military in the anti terrorism operation,”
Lamenting on how the Boko Haram terrorism has rendered all the hunters in the state idle, the Emir said:
“Hunters from all the 27 Borno LGAs are all in Maiduguri with our leaders doing nothing at present because of Boko Haram.
Rather than idling away, we will want to assist the military in crushing Boko Haram terrorists,”
He therefore appealed to the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Garbai, to assist in forwarding the request to the military authorities for consideration. (NAN)
However, president Muhammadu Buhari has in few days before the new year, promised Nigerians and also the BringBackOurGirls campaign movement that his administration would do everything within its power to ensure the safe return of the over 200 missing Chibok girls.
More so, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, who described the abduction of the chibok girls in April 2014, as “tormenting and psychologically traumatizing” for the nation, said that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has demonstrated sufficient skill and commitment to the protection of lives and property within the shortest practicable time of coming into existence, it has recorded tremendous success including confronting Sambisa forest head-on with the hope rescuing the Chibok girls.