I’ll hire foreign mercenaries if FG fails to end terrorism – Gov El-Rufai | NN NEWS


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By Kalu Nwokoro Idika

The executive governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has vowed to hire foreign mercenaries to tackle terrorists hiding in forests areas around Kaduna State if the Federal Government under President Buhari fails to confront terrorism head-on.

El-Rufai, who spoke with newsmen shortly after briefing the president on the recent killings in Kaduna State including Monday’s bomb attack on Kaduna-Abuja bound train which claimed nine lives with yet to be verified number of people abducted, said state governors will have no choice but to take action to protect the lives and properties of their people.

El-Rufai speaking in Hausa language said: “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.

“If it means deploying foreign mercenaries to come and do the work, we will do it to address these challenges.”

El-Rufai who said the president has assured him that immediate action will be taken to bring an end to terrorism in the next few months, explained that the best way to tackle terrorism once and for all was for the Nigerian Armed Forces to bomb forest enclaves where terrorists are hibernating.

Speaking on Monday’s attack on the rail line, he said, “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,” he said.

He also made it clear that his government will not pay ransom to secure the freedom of the abducted passengers even though he said the terrorists are yet to make specific demands.

He said, “They have contacted some of the families but they have not made specific demands yet.

“They are not the ordinary kidnappers, it’s Boko Haram members that connived with bandits to launch the attack and so our thought is, they may demand the government to pay the ransom.”

El-rufai however assured that security personnel were working tirelessly to locate the terrorists and rescue the passengers, adding that government will always give priority in protecting the lives of citizens over everything.

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