'Nigeria needs 100,000 more soldiers to defeat Boko Haram'

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By BBC Africa 

The governor of one of the regions that is worst affected by Boko Haram attacks has said the Nigerian army needs more manpower to neutralise the militants.

Nigeria's Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum said the country needs an extra 100,000 soldiers, adding that half of that number should be recruited from his state.

Mr Zulum told the chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Defence, Babajimi Benson, to advise the speaker to discuss mass recruitment of soldiers with the president.

The governor has also declared 24 February a day of fasting and prayer for the "restoration of peace" in the state.

Borno state residents last week booed President Muhammadu Buhari as he visited to pay his condolences to the families of 30 people who were burnt to death in their sleep by militants.

The president blamed Borno's leaders for not cooperating with the military to end attacks.


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