Recruit 100,000 Soldiers To Tackle Insurgency - REPS
Recruit 100,000 Soldiers To Tackle Insurgency - REPS

The House of Representatives has called on the authorities to recruit additional 100,000 soldiers as part of on-going effort to tackle insecurity in the country.

The decision followed the adoption of the report of the Abdulrazak Namdas led committee on Army which probed into the recent attack by Boko Haram Insurgents at Auno Village in Borno State.

Namdas while presenting the report, noted that the Federal Government should, as a matter of national emergency, empower the Nigerian Army to recruit additional one hundred thousand 100,000 soldiers to make up for the shortfall in manpower, the same way it did during the civil war.

Among other recommendations adopted by the House at the plenary presided by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, were that the Nigerian Army should recall retired officers and men and keep them on reserve for use as and when needed, in line with the Armed Forces Act, provided they are physically fit and not above 50 years of age.

This is because the Army does not have enough personnel to hold ground for a long time after defeating Boko Haram in some villages, hence it resorts to collapsing the thinly held and sparsely resourced troops’ locations to form Super Camps. With the massive recruitment of new soldiers, there would be no need for Super Camps.