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International community praised for support on Chibok

08 May 2014, 20:16

Abuja - The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended the international community for offering to assist Nigeria rescue the more than 200 girls abducted in Chibok, Borno State.

The party particularly commended particularly Britain, China and United States saying was long overdue, in view of the global nature of terrorism.

The party, in a statement, issued in Lagos on Thursday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed expressed the hope that the assistance would extend beyond the rescue of the girls to also include all other strategic initiatives that will help Nigeria to crush the Boko Haram terrorist group.

APC said the Jonathan Administration must realize that it is ultimately responsible for the safety and security of all Nigerians, hence cannot afford to shirk its responsibility in that regard.

The opposition party also called on the National Assembly to urgently initiate a probe into how the budgetary allocations to the military have been spent in recent years, with a view to establishing whether or not the military is adequately empowered to effectively tackle the worsening scourge of terrorism in the country.

The party said the National Assembly, in the exercise of its constitutional duties, must invite service chiefs and other relevant government officials to shed light on this issue.

It said the probe is important because of the insinuation in certain quarters about the ability and capability of the nation's military in the ongoing battle against Boko Haram.

"The Nigerian military comes highly recommended globally because it has excelled, since 1960, in peacekeeping operations around the world. In fact, Nigeria is among the top troop contributors to global peacekeeping operations, by virtue of the acknowledged sterling performance of its military in the various missions."

It said the military had also performed credibly in internal security operations in the past.

"If suddenly the ability and capability of this same military are being called to question in the ongoing battle against the Boko Haram terrorists, then something must have gone wrong."

- CAJ News


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