The governor said the recent loss of soldiers to Boko Haram in Borno is worrisome to the nation.
Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, has urged the Federal Government to declare Nigeria as a nation at war amid a resurgence of the activities of terrorist group, Boko Haram.
While speaking at the Government House in Owerri, Imo State capital, on Thursday, November 29, 2018, the governor said the recent loss of soldiers to the terrorist group in Borno State is worrisome to the nation.
He said, “A nation has to be in a serious war to lose 10 soldiers, not to talk about 40 soldiers. So Nigeria must declare itself as a nation at war.
“What I think is happening in the North-East is what was happening here in Imo State when I came in 2011. Owerri was notorious for kidnapping and we were number one state for kidnapping when I came in to the extent that by 5:30 or 6pm everybody had gone home for fear of being kidnapped. But we tackled it and overcame.”
Okorocha’s comment comes 12 days after terrorists belonging to Boko Haram faction, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), overran the 157 Tak Force Battalion in Metele village in Guzamala local government area of Borno during an attack on November 18.
Even though many reports indicated that over 100 soldiers were killed in the attack with many others missing, the Army disclosed in a statement on Wednesday, November 28, that 23 soldiers were killed with 31 others injured.
The statement also revealed that terrorist staged a series of attacks on Nigeria between November 2 and November 17. The attacks took place in Kukawa, Ngoshe, Kareto and Gajiram, all in Borno, but were ‘successfully repelled’ by troops who killed ‘several members’ of the terrorist group. However, 16 soldiers were killed in the attacks while 12 were injured.
The Army also noted that despite systematically degrading Boko Haram in the past three years, the terrorists are staging a resurgence with daring moves that include the increased use of drones against troops’ defensive positions and infusion of foreign fighters in their ranks.