The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed has described the criticism trailing the $1bn, set aside from the Excess Crude Account to fight Boko Haram as “unnecessary, uninformed and highly-partisan”, while saying that the war against Boko Haram “doesn’t end with an armistice”.
In his own words, “There has been an unnecessary, uninformed and highly-partisan criticism of the one billion dollars which was recently approved by the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), for the military to tackle the security challenges facing the country, including Boko Haram, illegal oil bunkering, kidnapping and cattle rustling.
“I said unnecessary and uninformed because everyone knows the role the military is playing in helping to tackle the numerous security crisis facing the states, much less the war against Boko Haram.
“The fact that Boko Haram has been largely degraded does not mean the war is over. As we have said times without number, asymmetric wars like the one against Boko Haram do not end with an armistice.
“It is, therefore, curious that some of those who have criticized the one-billion-dollar approval have hinged their argument on the fact that the Boko Haram has been degraded.”