Ndume Reveals: No Money Given to Nigerian Army Since January to Fight Boko Haram
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 neutralized, Nigeria cannot say Boko Haram is eliminated.
He said: “I am sure that the military is still working on it and determined to pull 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 being 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.