Abuja - A member representing Monguno, Marte and Nganzai Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives has asked the Presidency to offer Borno State governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, an apology over its criticism that followed comments the military was ill-equipped against Boko Haram insurgents.
Mohammed Tahir Monguno insisted that recent comments and actions of the Presidency had vindicated the governor
Borno is one of a number of states that have been under the siege of the insurgents for the past five years.
“President Goodluck Jonathan as well the Nigerian Army has, by their recent remarks, vindicated Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, who was vilified by Presidency spokesmen after he first raised the alarm that the military was lacking the right equipment to fight the Boko Haram terrorists in the Northeast," Monguno said.
"I expect Presidency spokesmen like Dr Doyin Okupe to be humble and courageous enough to tender open apology to Governor Shettima for wrongly attacking his reputation some months back. They should also apologize to Borno people for not taking the right step earlier.”
The lawmaker said noted that the recent admittance by the presidency that the military needed to be better equipped to take on the insurgents, followed past statement credited to the head of the Nigerian Army’s account and budget, Major General Abdullahi Muraina.
He was quoted by the media last month lamenting that the Army was being poorly funded.
“President Jonathan should have realized that Governor Shettima meant no harm to the Federal Government when he spoke months back given the fact that he was the one whose people were and still being killed with communities, public and private property worth billions being destroyed daily," Monguno said.
"Hence the need for federal government support to the Borno State Government that has spent over ten billion naira of its own limited resources to fund military operations whereas it is the exclusive constitutional duty of the Federal Government to finance security in Nigeria."
- CAJ News
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