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Published On: Wed, May 21st, 2014

Falana wants N4tr security votes probed now

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femi-falanaBy Patrick Andrew

Delegate to the National Conference and one of the representatives of the civil society organizations, Chief Femi Falana (SAN), has called for the probe of the more N4 trillion disbursed to the security sector of the nation since 2010.

Speaking yesterday when the delegates resumed plenary, Falana said for over four years, not less than Four Trillion Naira has been allocated to security without anything to show for it.

The human rights lawyer lamented the failure of the Nigerian military to come alive to the challenge posed by the insurgent group- Boko Haram in the country, noting the military has for not able to live up to its constitutional responsibility of protecting the territorial integrity of the nation.

He argued had the military been able to respond efficiently and proactively to the menace of the insurgent group, the nation won’t have had to resort to the assistance of the international community just to protect the lives of ordinary Nigerians.

“We cannot pass our problems to international community while we have our own armed forces which have the statutory responsibility of defending the territorial integrity of the nation. A lot of money has been allocated to security, almost three trillion naira for four years. But there is still nothing to show for it. It is time we probe these funds to know whether it has been expended judiciously” he said.

Also contributing to the debate, former Minister of Women Affairs, Iyom Josephine Anenih, reminded delegates on the need to acknowledge the global interest and also the Nigerian women who have come out to agitate for the release of the Chibok girls.

A former Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly and a delegate representing Association of Former Speakers, Chief Anayo Nebe said that upon the fact the Constitution provides that the military should defend the territorial integrity of the nation, there is still need to commend all these countries that have identified with the nation in this moment of trials, as it will make them to do more.

Similarly, Chief Mike Ahamba said that what we are having in Nigeria is not internal crisis but trans-border terrorism, saying that we need the cooperation of all these countries.

“We must not discourage people who are working for this country. Our attitude must change in terms of approaching the issue. There is no way we can combat terrorism without the cooperation of international community. It is a guerilla warfare which is very hard to combat because the person fighting you may be the one you are working with” the human right lawyer said.

 

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