War On Terror Jeopardized By Those Around Buhari, Says Ndume

Senator Ali Ndume

Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume,  has alleged that people around President Muhammadu Buhari have been jeopardising the ongoing war on terror and the battle against insecurity across the country.  

The Senator, who spoke to journalists in Maiduguri on Monday, said it was sad that there has been no money released to the Nigerian Army as capital allocation since the beginning of the year.

He said this was despite the fact that the nation is at war with terrorist and bandits which has continued to draw the military to the limit.  

Ndume said: “The people that are around President Muhammadu Buhari that are responsible for these things (military allocations) have been betrayal his course because he is worried.

“You see the cases of banditry in the North West and he has been issuing presidential order and giving them the march that they should be given what they need. No President would say take care of ogun (war) and deal with these bandits without giving them what they need, that is ammunitions, guns and other logistics.

“But what we have now is that the Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Army and Nigerian Navy as of today have not been given a dime. We are in a state of war and you have not given the Army what they need or even what you have allocated to them yourself, despite the fact that what is allocated to them is grossly inadequate.”

He added that the military lack the manpower to prosecute the growing task given as a result of insecurity across the nation.

He asked: “How can you go to war or protect a country of N200 million people with less than 200,000 personnel?.”

Ndume however said the relocation of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Yusuf Butatai has turned the tide against Boko Haram, but insisted that the terrorist “has been defeated but not yet eliminated.”

He added that until the two major commanders of the terrorist groups and other commanders are not neutralized, Nigeria cannot say Boko Haram is eliminated.

He said: “I am sure that the military is still working on it and determined to be it (the war) to an end.”

He lamented that the three black spots of Lake Chad fringes, Sambisa Forest and Mandara mountains are yet to be completely taken over or dominated by the military.

He further decried that “most of the leftover areas are contaminated with civilians and terrorists hence the military is been conscious to avert collateral damage.”

He admitted that his being the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army has made him to appreciate the works of the Nigerian Army and the conditions under which they try to serve the country, putting their lives in line for the nation.

He regretted that he is yet to satisfy his aspiration to get the Army all that is required to perform the task efficiently.

The lawmaker called for the establishment of military formations across the nation’s borders especially in the North East due to the porous nature and to push back insurgency.

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