Hunters in Southern Nigeria on Monday announced that they would join forces with their members in the North East to put an end to what they described as the ‘senseless war’ against the Boko Haram insurgents in the area.
The hunters, under the Association of Animal Hunters of Nigeria, who disclosed this to journalists in Benin, stated that they were massing up to join their members who had been assisting the Nigerian Army to flush out the insurgents from the embattled states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
The President of the association, Mr. Raymond Macaulay, lamented that the war in the North East had persisted for so long that the hunters in the South could no longer tolerate.
He said, “We just want to be there, and put this nonsense behind us. We want to let our fellow hunters there know that they are not alone. As hunters, what hurts one hurts all.
“We are feeling what they are feeling. And now, we are going there in our thousands to confront this nonsense. Their business is our business. It’s time for action.”
While arguing that no country could win the war on insurgency through the military alone, Macaulay however, urged the federal government and other well-meaning Nigerians to urgently empower the hunters with logistics and other necessary equipment to enable them move immediately to the North East, especially in view of the spate of recent bombings and abductions of women and girls.
“We hope, however, that the federal government will enable us get there quickly. Hunters out-number insurgents and even security agents.
“We can no longer allow antelopes to harass our people in the North. We are battle-ready to join our brother-hunters in the North to stop this insurgency and their (Boko Haram) mindless destruction of our people,” the president said.