Federal Government has reacted to the criticisms, trailing the approval of one billion dollars for the fight against insurgency and other violent crimes in the country.

Addressing a news conference in Lagos, Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lai Mohammed, expressed dismay that an action intended to make the country safer had been subjected to attacks by people with ulterior motives.

Mohammed said the Nigerian Governor’s Forum had acted wisely in approving the fund from the Excess Crude Account, as it was based on the need to properly fund security operations in the country, to adequately respond to threats by Boko Haram and other criminals.

He pointed out that the approved fund was not to fight Boko Haram in the North East alone, but also to tackle kidnapping, cattle rustling, illegal oil bunkering and other crimes.

He noted that asymmetrical wars were very expensive to fight, and that though Boko Haram had been degraded, there was the need to properly fund military operations for effective confrontation of insurgents’ threats.


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