By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
The Nigeria Security Watch Forum (NSWF) has called on the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) to be more circumspect and positive in its appraisal of the security situation in the country.
The NSWF, in its reaction to the position of the ACF, in which it stated that the Nigerian military’s performance in the crackdown against Boko Haram is unimpressive, noted that the leadership of the ACF has deliberately buried the truth on its face.
The forum, in a statement issued by its National Coordinator, Malam Abubakar Danbaki, noted that the security crisis the nation is presently being confronted with is as a result of the deliberate policies and legacies bequeathed to Nigeria by former northern leaders.
The forum said, “Instead of the ACF to continue to play the ostrich, it should be asking some very important questions. For example, of the so-called trillions budgeted for defence, how much was actually released? What percentage of the so-called trillions went into the funding of the armed forces?
“It will interest ACF to know that since the present democratic dispensation, there has not been any major equipment purchase for the entire armed forces; a fact that the military high command has been shouting about for years. It will interest ACF to know that every nation gets the kind of armed forces it is willing and ready to pay for”, the forum further said.