By A’isha Biola Raji
The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar and Co-Chairman, National Council of Traditional Rulers, has called on Nigeria military to occupy Lake Chad and Sambisa forest.
The rulers include the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemaka Alfred Ugochukwu, Oba Adekunle Adebayo, Ore of Otin, Emir of Hadeja, Dr. Adamu Abubakar Maje, Emir of Fika, Mohammed Abale Ibn Mohammed Idrissa and Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom, Dr. Dandasen Douglas Jaja, on a condolence visit to the governor and people of Borno State over recent killings in the state.
The retired Army General said, “I read the comment the governor made some few weeks ago, challenging the military to take the fight to the Lake Chad to clear that place. Your Excellency, while I was a Lieutenant, 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.
The Sultan made this call on Monday when he led a delegation of traditional rulers across the country to visit Borno State Governor Babagana Umara Zulum in Maiduguri.
“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.
“Now, 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. 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.”