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Published On: Sun, Jul 27th, 2014

Military confronting Boko Haram with inferior weapons – Bakare

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Pastor Tunde BakareFrom Ayodele Samuel, Lagos

Senior Pastor of the Latter Rain Assembly and  running mate to  Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) in the 2011 presidential election, Pastor Tunde Bakare yesterday said that the military at present cannot adequately combat terrorism, noting that soldiers confront members of the Boko Haram with “inferior weapons.”

Bakare, addressing his congregation in Lagos, also faulted the July 23 attack on  Buhari,  insisting that it would have led to the disintegration of the country had it succeeded.

Bakare said that other factors contributing to the menace were failure of intelligence, palpable government incompetence, sinful silence of stakeholders, and international conspiracy.

Criticizing President Goodluck Jonathan’s $1bn loan to fight insurgency, Bakare said the last time the military was equipped was in the 1980s and there have been budgetary allocations every year.

“I only hope that this is a wake-up call to our government and we must now rise up so that together we can deploy all our resources to stop the terrorists dead in their tracks,” he said.

Bakare however debunked insinuations in some quarters that Buhari was in an armoured car provided by the presidency. He said Buhari was in a regular car.

He added that the attack should have made it clear to all that Buhari was not a Boko Haram sympathizer.

“This past week might have marked the beginning of the end, if the attack on Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and his entourage on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 had succeeded. The architects of the Nigerian disintegration agenda would have been smiling home to the bank.

“All those Northern youths who see Buhari as a messianic symbol would have responded in unguided and uncontrollable fury of a vengeful army; and there would be corresponding violence from the youthful population across the Niger.

“One need not to be a political analyst to see that such action would have culminated in the demise of our nation”, he said.


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