Zulum made the call on Wednesday at the meeting of the North East Governors’ Forum held in Bauchi, the Bauchi State capital. He added that joint action was required to end the insurgency.
“Again, I want to use this opportunity to call on the Federal Government to seek support from our neighbours, especially the Republic of Chad and Niger with a view to providing a joint action that will look into the possibility of ending this crisis.
“Furthermore, the Federal Government has to look into the possibility of employing mercenaries with a view to ending this insurgency.
“For us to end this insurgency, we must be committed enough. We must bring in external support; ensure mercenaries are hired to end this insurgency,” the governor said.
As the Chairman of the North East Governors’ Forum, Zulum urged the newly appointed service chiefs to devise new strategies and initiatives in tackling insecurity in Nigeria.
“Violence been perpetrated by the insurgents seems to be on the increase both in scope and viciousness and it has become a matter of tactical necessity for the new service chiefs to devise new strategies to counter the current attacks and forestall any future attacks.
“Undoubtedly, the commitment of our military to the war against insurgency is unquestionable and the determination to succeed is undeniable.
“However the current escalation of deadly attacks by the terrorists and the various causes of actions being pursued seems to have some limitations in terms of the expected impact. Hence, the need for a new set of a pragmatic approach to completely subdue the terrorist and ultimately end the insurgency,” Zulum said.