The governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has said the Nigerian Military is overwhelmed by the security challenges bedevilling the country.
The Ekiti State governor stated this on Tuesday, when he paid a visit to the governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, to condole with the people of the state over the recent killing of over 40 rice farmers by the Boko Haram insurgents.
Fayemi, who is the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum(NGF), said the military needs all the support to tackle the security situation affecting many parts of the country – insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, and armed robbery.
The NGF chairman was accompanied by the Governor of Sokoto and the Vice Chairman of the Forum, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, and that of Niger State, Abubakar Bello.
In a statement titled, ‘Governors Forum: Security challenges are beyond military,’ Fayemi described what happened in Borno state as a massacre.
“But what happened in the last three days is by far beyond any imagination, it was a massacre and it was one that none of us could come to terms easily.
“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.
“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.”
He expressed the frustration of State governors at the level of insecurity in the country.
“This is not a visit to gratify ourselves, no, it is an expression of also our own frustration.
“We can’t bring back the people we have lost in the last couple of days, but if we do not take the necessary steps the entire nation will be consumed by this insurgency,” Fayemi added.
While responding, the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, appreciated the efforts of the federal government in the fight against insurgency, saying more must be done to address the underlying causes of insurgency, with specific emphasis on poverty alleviation.
“We need to address the underlying causes of the insurgency while appreciating the effort of the federal government in implementing some policies that are geared towards addressing poverty in the entire nation, Borno State deserve more,” Zulum explained.