Abuja - The Human Rights Writers Association
of Nigeria (HURIWA) has called on President Muhamadu Buhari to
dismiss Information Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, over comments attributed to
him doubting the quality of weapons used by the military.
HURIWA National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, said such
comments were “offensive” and would motivate the Boko Haram terrorists in their
war with the Army.
He said it was “shocking and disappointing” that soon
after Mohammed made the “sensational and politically charged statement”
alleging the past administration bought substandard weapons to counter terror,
the Boko Haram commenced attacks in Borno, Adamawa States.
There were reported high casualties including the
complete razing down of Dalori town near Maiduguri and the burning to death of
dozens of children.
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“The president must sanction his minister of information
for putting the lives of both our soldiers and civilians at risk,” said
He said it would amount to tolerating “impunity” and
“reckless talk” if Buhari should either fail to sack the information minister
or impose some form of deterrent administrative sanctions.
The capacity of the Army against the Boko Haram has ever
been a topical issue with suggestion the military was not motivated to fight
the militant Islamic group. – CAJ News
- CAJ News