Ndume to FG: Prosecute all Boko-Haram sponsors, increase army budget
The Nigerian Senate has called on President Muhammad Buhari to speed up actions on the prosecution of sponsors of the Boko Haram sect. Chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, Wednesday made the request at a press conference it organized shortly after the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen.
Tukur Buratai, led other generals to defend the 2021 budget of the Army, behind closed doors. Ndume, speaking on behalf of said Buhari should emulate the leadership of the United Arab Emirates which recently prosecuted and jailed some identified sponsors of the deadly sect. He said the pace of prosecution in Nigeria was too slow just as he declared that granting of purported repented Boko Haram terrorist amnesty, may be counterproductive.
“We are very grateful to the government of UAE and we are still appealing to our Government to bring those directly or indirectly involved in Boko Haram activities to book immediately.
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“We disagree with the idea of deradicalization and reintegration of purported Boko Haram terrorists. The position of the executive is different. We still maintain that you can’t be pampering people while their victims are still suffering in the IDP camps,” he said. Kicking against the policy further, Ndume cited the recent attack in Damboa allegedly carried out by a repentant Boko Haram terrorist.
According to him, the purportedly repentant terrorist was giving information as in the movement of the Army which led to the killing of a General recently. Recently, six Nigerians were jailed after a federal appeals court in the UAE upheld their convictions for funding Boko Haram. The six were initially tried and convicted last year following their arrest in 2017. The court sentenced Surajo Abubakar Muhammad and Saleh Yusuf Adamu to life in prison.
Similarly, the Chairman urged the Federal government to increase the #2021Budget of the Nigerian Army. He said the budget of N463.4bn was almost the same as some poor countries like Niger and Chad republic. Ndume stated that Nigeria is at war with terrorism and as such its army ought to be well fortified with every needed resource.