Nigeria: More Troops Needed to Fight Boko Haram
Abuja – Boko Haram has taken over at least five municipalities in northeast Nigeria’s Adamawa state, its governor said on Friday, calling for more troops to halt further Islamist gains.
“I can talk of my entire [home] district… Five local governments have been overrun,” Governor Bala Ngilari told journalists on a visit to the capital, Abuja.
“We need a lot of intervention. We need to move more troops to secure the state,” he said. “It is a big challenge.”
Nigeria imposed a state of emergency in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa in May last year but many believed that Adamawa was included as a precaution.
Violence in Adamawa had been relatively contained compared with Borno and Yobe further north.