NATIONAL Publicity Secretary of the
The duo spoke against the backdrop of criticisms trailing President
Critics of the idea, including members of the
Using that (the social media) as platform, stalwart of the APC and former spokesperson of one of the legacy political parties that formed the mega opposition party called on all Nigerians to rise against the move and prevail on the
"Truly, there is no justification for this proposal. Indeed, the
"The gale of impeachments going around costs good money. House of assembly members must be settled before they append their signatures on any impeachment paper, not so?
The Guardian reliably gathered that, while the opposition is not against any genuine strategy to defeat terrorism, it is worried that 2015 could be the driving force, as the ruling
Although Senior Special Adviser to the President on Public Affairs, Mr.
In SMS exchanges last night, Chief Uwazurike, president of the Aka Ikenga, an Igbo socio-cultural group, and
"Opposition has the duty of asking the hard-hitting questions aimed at keeping the government on its toes. But it is not wise to bicker in the battlefield in the face of the enemy. Let us win the war first and do recrimination later.
"I can understand this request, because various reasons were given by critics for the poor performance of the troops against Boko Haram. One of them is that our weapons are antiquated. You cannot get better arms unless you are ready to spend. If you are still credit worthy, you can borrow; if you have the money you pay.'
Agreeing with Uwazurike's position, Sani, who also speaks for delegates of northern extraction at the ongoing national conference (Confab), explained that the "
"So, if the government, in its wisdom believes the loan will improve the volume and quality of our armed forces to a level that they can rein in activities of the insurgents, so be it. The government needs all the support it can get from Nigerians. This is because matter of national security is a collective responsibility, which should not be left to government alone."
However, concerning the criticism trailing the proposal, Sani reasoned that, as long as the security challenges have not been reined in by government, despite huge budgets for the past three years, Nigerians and not oppositions alone, are bound to thump down the government as having not done enough to contain the insurgency.
"But that cannot make anybody or group to stand on the way of any further actions by government to put an end to the killing of innocent Nigerians, however costly," the ACF scribe warned.
Chieftain of Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-cultural group, Chief
According to Adebanjo, "it amounts to nonsense trying to make politics out of a delicate and sensitive issue like this, where the security of the nation is at stake, and nobody is doing anything about it.
"We have come to a stage where whatever that is needed to be done to address the issue should be done without necessarily bringing in politics."
He noted that the insurgency has gone beyond party or political sentiments. "If the security people said that is what they need to address the crisis, to buy new equipment, politics should not be introduced into the security matter, because insecurity does not differentiate political parties; it is a matter that affects everybody."
Another delegate at the ongoing National Conference, Yinka Odumakin, posited: "We should first of all try to know how the money will be spent. But to outrightly condemn it, based on party sentiments, may be too dangerous for the wellbeing of the country.
According to him, "there is the need to find out whether the budget for defence has been exhausted; but, notwithstanding, the fact is that, if the arms and ammunition our security has are outdated ones that could not withstand what the Boko Haram people are using, then there is the need to upgrade what we have to address the situation.
"Report has it that it was during the regime of former president, Shehu Shagari that
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