A prominent politician and former ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, Buba Galadima, has admonished the federal government to recruit mercenaries to assist Nigerian troops in fighting insurgency.
This advice was given by Galadima when he featured on a television programme yesterday.
Galadima said Nigeria has become extremely vulnerable and may witness more violent attacks if the morale of the Nigerian military is not boosted.
He added that Nigeria lost “a good chance of seeking foreign help” when the president refused to attend the burial of the late President Idris Deby of Chad.
“Nigeria has become extremely vulnerable and we lost a very good chance when our president refused to attend the burial of the Chadian strongman,” he said.
“Because there were world leaders including France and it could have been a very big opportunity if the president was there and discuss the security situation in both West and Central Africa. As we know, the Chadian strong man was the super cop in this region. He has soldiers stationed in Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger Republic to maintain peace.
“We lost this chance again, because two days ago, the military council in Chad said they will never negotiate with bandits which means Chad will fall into civil war and you have the proliferation of small arms coming into Nigeria. And Nigerian military is overstretched; not enough manpower to tackle insecurity in the South-East, North-East, North-Central, which means that the North can be overrun anytime.
Galadima added that it is no longer advisable to use only brute force to tackle insecurity in the country.