Malam Nasir El-Rufai, the Governor of Kaduna State, has said that he and his colleagues will bring in foreign mercenaries to fight terrorists hibernating in forests areas if the Nigerian Government under President Muhammadu Buhari fails to tackle terrorism head-on.
El-Rufai disclosed this after recent killings in Kaduna including Monday’s bomb explosion on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line which claimed nine lives with a yet-to-be known number of people abducted.
Speaking in Hausa, he said state governors will have no choice but to take action to protect the lives and properties of their people.
“I have complained to Mr president and I swear to God, if action is not taken, we as governors will take actions to protect the lives of our people,” the governor said.
“If it means deploying foreign mercenaries to come and do the work, we will do it to address these challenges.
“They came ready and they have been preparing for a long time and knew which coach to attack, abduct the VIP.
“And I have been saying that the forests where these bandits are hiding, it is high time that we go there and bomb them all. Everyone in the forest should be killed. Unless this is done, this problem will persist and it is capable of destroying Nigeria as a whole.
“These people (terrorists) are getting money. The way they are so emboldened; they fear no authority, no soldier and so why won’t security agents go to their enclaves and kill them all?
“We know where they are, SSS gives reports on them every day, they have their numbers including that of Dogo Gide and what he is planning.”