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APC demands probe into military coffers

13 May 2014, 10:37

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on the National Assembly to initiate a probe into the budgetary allocations to the military amid concerns that the military was inadequately empowered to effectively tackle the worsening incidents of terrorism.

In a statement issued in Lagos by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the probe was important because of the insinuation in certain quarters about the ability and capability of the nation's military in the ongoing battle against the 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.

'Our military has 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.”

APC said that is the reason why it was calling on the National Assembly to ascertain if the soldiers were adequately equipped to carry out their duties, whether morale was at right level or whether the funds being allocated for security were used for the right purposes.

“It is important to find out whether the huge funds which are being deposited into the bank accounts of politicians, or being used to lure them into the ruling party, are being taken from the allocation to security, in which case the purpose for which the funds were allocated in the first instance would have been defeated,” APC said.

The party expressed concern at reports of low morale among the troops on the battle front, soldiers being given obsolete weapons as well as cases of desertion.

“'We do not know whether or not these stories are true but what we know is that something seems not to be right with the way we are waging the war against these terrorists, and the only way to know for sure is for the National Assembly to ask the pertinent questions,” APC stated.

–   CAJ News

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