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Army-Nigeria: MPs want Jonathan to relocate Army HQ to Boko Haram base

Army HQ to Boko Haram base - Irked by the incessant attacks by the Boko Haram Islamist sect, the Nigerian House of Representatives Tuesday asked President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately relocate the headquarters of the Nigerian Army to Maiduguri, capital of the North East State of Borno, which is the major base of the insurgent group.

The Nigerian lower Federal House also urged the presidency to liaise with the governments of Chad, Niger and Cameroon to discuss ways to tackle the activities of the insurgents around the border areas.

The parliament said its decision in favour of relocating the Nigerian Army Headquarters, under the leadership of the newly-appointed Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, is for the Army high command to not only have a first-hand touch with the reality on the ground, but to also devise ways of properly tackling the challenge.

Adopting a motion introduced by a member from Borno State, Peter Biye Guntha, the House also called on the Nigerian military authorities to provide additional personnel to strategic areas in some parts of the villages affected so that security could be strengthened in the areas.

While commiserating with the people and government of Borno State over the killings, the Parliament urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to facilitate the provision of relief materials to the affected victims in the area.

Guntha, in his motion, expressed concern that apart from the people and the soldiers killed in Izge village, several others lost their lives in Gavva West and East local government, while 150 houses were burnt.

He said in Zalidva village, Sabon Gari, 14 people were killed, while 30 houses were destroyed.

Contributing to the motion, another member from Borno State, Mohammed Monguno, said the insurgents appeared more equipped than the security men handling the crisis.

Another member, Ganama Titsi from Adamawa State, which is under emergence rule like Borno and Yobe States, said the government must as a matter of urgency tackle insurgency as “the activities of the perpetrators were getting out of hand”.

Pana 19/02/2014