The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has stated that Nigeria should be declared as a nation at war following the recent killings of soldiers by Boko Haram insurgents in Metele village in Guzamala local government area of Borno State.
According to Daily Trust, the Governor stated this when officers from the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, AFCSC, Jaji, Kaduna, paid him a courtesy visit at the government house, Owerri, Imo state capital.
There are reports that over 100 soldiers lost their lives when terrorists carried out a pre-dusk attack on 157 Task Force Battalion in Metele, but the army said it lost 39 of its troops. The Islamic State in West Africa, ISWA, a faction of the Boko Haram sect, has however claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Okorocha said the loss of 10 soldiers is enough to declare Nigeria at war, “not to talk about 40 soldiers.”
He likened the insecurity situation in the country to what was obtainable in Imo when he assumed office, stressing that, “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.”
On Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari went to N’Djamena, Chad, to preside over the summit of heads of states and governments of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, LCBC.
The Nigerian President met with five African heads of state to review the security situation in the region and intensify efforts to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency and other security challenges.