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Insurgency - Lawmaker Wants Jonathan to Take U.S.$1 Billion From Reserve

August 1, 2014

Musa Abdullahi Krishi

A member of the House of Representatives from Adamawa State Francis Haske Hannaniya, has advised President Goodluck Jonathan to withdraw the $1 billion required for acquiring security equipment to fight insurgency from the Excess Crude Account instead of taking a loan.

Hannaniya (PDP, Adamawa) agreed that the fund was necessary to purchase the equipment, but said it shouldn't be a loan as it would be another burden on the country for years to come.

Jonathan had last month sent a request letter to both chambers of the National Assembly seeking for their approval for a loan of $1 billion to procure military wares for the fight against insurgency in the country.

Hannaniya was reacting to the latest attacks by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect in parts of Adamawa, Yobe, Borno and Kano states.

"The request is justified, because it is without doubt that the military needs arms to fight these insurgents. I call on Mr. President to take money from the Excess Crude Account or reserves and procure equipment for the army.

"I urge Mr. President to go ahead because with what is going on; Nigeria cannot afford to wait for another one month. The National Assembly is resuming sometime in September and unless an emergency session is called, the president will continue to wait. The president has to act now," he said.

On the attack in Garkida town and other parts of Adamawa State last Sunday, the lawmaker called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately assist victims of Madagali, Hong and Gombi local government areas.

He said the attacks left over 2,000 persons displaced, adding that he made personal efforts to assist them with relief materials, which was not adequate.

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Source: AllAfrica

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