Boko Haram: Sultan To Military, “Occupy Lake Chad, Sambisa Forest”

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By Mukwuzi Joseph

The Sultan of Sokoto and Co-Chairman National Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar and yesterday charged the Nigerian military to occupy the Lake Chad region and the Sambisa forest, believed to be the a haven for Boko Haram insurgents.

Speaking when he lead a delegation of the National Council of Traditional Rulers to Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno, on Monday, he said everyone is fed up with the shedding of innocent blood across the country.

Abubakar wondered why the military could not occupy the Lake Chad and Sambisa forest – strongholds of the insurgents.

“If we want peace, we have to do away with those terrorists who occupy that place and see nothing good in other people except those that believe in their own negative ideas,” he said.

“I don’t know why we can’t occupy the whole of Lake Chad and why we can’t occupy the whole of Sambisa forest. If we want peace, we have to dominate these areas.

“I was at Lake Chad in Baga for six months, my battalion in Bama used to rotate with the battalion in Monguno and Maiduguri every six months.

“We occupied the Lake Chad part of Nigeria for six months. I was a Lieutenant, I was the operation officer and I have my maps. In Lake Chad that time, we had 36 islands under Nigeria, we occupied 16 of them, the biggest was king Nasara, we controlled that part of Nigeria effectively well as a battalion.

“I have known Maiduguri since when I was a small kid, we have grown up here. I served in Bama, I lived in Bama for over two and half years in the barracks. The same barracks I served as Lieutenant was the same barracks vandalized and bombed.”

Nnaemeka Alfred Ugochukwu, Obi of Onitsha; Dandasen Douglas Jaja, Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom; and
Adekunle Adebayo, Ore of Otin; were among the monarchs.

The delegation visited Zulum over the killing of 43 farmers in the state about two weeks ago.




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