Buhari Lambasts Military for Hiring Mercenaries to Fight Boko Haram

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buhari11President-elect Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday expressed his displeasure on the way the Nigeria Military handled the fight against Boko Haram in the North East, Speaking in Kaduna when the National Executive Council of the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF visited him Buhari said he is surprised why the military could not secure 14 out of the 774 local government councils in the country without the assistance of “South African mercenaries.”

Speaking he said;  “The military has never been so incapacitated like now. It is a shame that the Military cannot secure 14 out of the 774 local governments in the country. What is more worrisome is the fact that Nigeria’s military has to rely on South African mercenaries before it could gain recent success in the war against Boko Haram. This situation is shameful and unacceptable.”

On what he intends to do when he takes over he said; “My administration will concentrate on three major areas on assumption of office, that is insecurity, the economy/unemployment and corruption. We will ensure we nip insecurity in the bud.”

As he added that his administration would make sure that every Nigerian lived within his means or earnings, adding that “a situation where people live above their earnings will not be tolerated.”

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Meanwhile in his address to Buhari ACF Chairman, Ibrahim Coomassie he was voted in by Nigerians voted due to the believe they have in his integrity, knack for transparency, accountability, honesty and commitment to security of lives and property.

Coomassie said;  “security has been the major concern especially in the North-East region which has been devastated by the insurgency caused by the Boko Haram. Energy which is the source of power and main driver of the economy, requires serious and urgent attention.’’

According Coomassie he said the Nigerian people are anxiously waiting for him to free them from poverty, ignorance, corruption and insurgency and as he also aksed the President-elect to reduce the powers of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF whom he said was more powerful than ministers.

“The current situation whereby the SGF operates above ministers offends the laid down principles of accountability in governance.”



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