$1bn Not Sufficient To Defeat Insurgency — FG
Allocation of $1 billion from the Excess Crude Accounts, ECA, to address threats from Boko Haram and other conflict issues in the country is not too much in the light of continued threats against lives and property, the Federal Government has said.
Speaking in defence of the approval of $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account by the Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF, the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed cautioned that issues pertaining to the security of the country must not be put on the altar of politics, noting that the ruling party was itself also once in opposition and was itself careful on those issues.
Mohammed, who addressed newsmen in Lagos, yesterday, also affirmed that the $1 billion would also be applied towards addressing other security threats, including illegal oil bunkering, kidnapping and cattle rustling.
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Noting that criticisms to the allocation of the fund were unnecessary, he said: “The fact that Boko Haram has been largely degraded does not mean the war is over. As we have said times without number, asymmetric wars like the one against Boko Haram do not end with an armistice. It is therefore, curious that some of those who have criticised the $1billion approval have hinged their argument on the fact that the Boko Haram has been degraded.
“Now, is $1bn too much for the military to tackle these challenges at this time? I say not by any stretch of imagination. After all, security of lives and property is at the core of the existence of any government and the NGF understands this quite well, going by its action in approving the withdrawal from the ECA.