Nigeria: Fight Against Boko Haram Now a Business Venture - Fayose

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1 March 2018

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has alleged that the war against Boko Haram has become a business venture and source of indirect treasury looting to some people within and outside the presidency.

This came as the Coalition for Nigeria Movement, CNM, condemned the abduction of female students of the Government Science and Technical College Dapchi, Bursari Local Government Area of Yobe State by Boko Haram insurgents.

Fayose said: "Those benefiting from Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, scams, and payment of ransom (in dollars) to free those abducted by the Boko Haram Insurgents, among others, will never wish to see the end of the insurgency."

The Governor, who queried the inability of the military to prevent the abduction of the 110 Dapchi school girls by the insurgents, described the alleged withdrawal of military check-points from Dapchi and other communities, few days before the attack as major pointer to possible conspiracy in the whole saga.

In a statement, yesterday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose insisted that withdrawal of $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account by the federal government was a continuation of the use of fight against the insurgents to fleece the country.

He lamented that Nigerians were now getting to a state of helplessness on the insurgency, adding that "Painfully, it appears we will have to live with Boko Haram for a very long time because waiting for this President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to save Nigerians is a waste of time. They boasted that Boko Haram will be defeated within three months; it is now more than 30 months. All that they have told Nigerians is grammar. Boko Haram technically defeated, Boko Haram completely defeated and now Boko Haram completely degraded."

CNM condemns abduction

Meanwhile, the Coalition for Nigeria Movement described the abduction as a dastardly act "not only an attack on the ccountry but also an attack on our collective future and the development of our educational institutions especially as it relates to girl-child education."

In a statement by its National Steering Committee, Mr Omoruyi O. Edoigiawerie, CNM stated that "As a nation, we deserve to live in a country where every Nigerian, no matter who they are, where they live, their tribe or religion has the ability to live a secure, safe and healthy life.

"Wednesday's attack is an affront on our common humanity and our right to a future. While we empathize with the parents of our dear daughters and we pray that they are rescued and reunited with their families, we call on the Federal Government to intensify its fight against terrorism and all forms of criminality. This cannot become a norm."

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