Boko Haram: Jonathan, army have vindicated Shettima

jonathan Adoyi M. Aba

President Goodluck Jonathan and the Nigerian Army have, by their recent remarks, vindicated the governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima, who was vilified by Presidency spokesmen after he said the military was lacking the right equipment to fight the Boko Haram terrorists in the North-east.

A member of the House of Representatives, representing Monguno, Marte and Nganzai Federal Constituency of Borno state, Mohammed Tahir Monguno, said this in a statement he issued yesterday.
He said he “expects Presidency spokesmen like Dr Doyin Okupe to be humble and courageous enough to tender open apology to Governor Shettima for wrongly attacking his reputation some months back. They should also apologize to Borno people for not taking the right step earlier.”

He said: “I was particularly drawn by the lead story of the Daily Trust Newspapers of Friday, June 6, 2014, with the caption, Military wares issues being handled,  Jonathan says’ which reported the President saying he was tackling the problems of inadequate equipment for the military, which to every Nigerian, is clear admittance of the first alarm raised by Governor Kashim Shettima some time ago and which led to unwarranted attacks on the Governor by spokesmen from the Presidency and indeed the President himself at his media chat around that period.”
Monguno also said in his statement that “even before the President admitted the true situation on Friday, the head of the Nigerian Army’s account and budget, Major General Abdullahi Muraina, was quoted by the media on May 22, 2014, at a press conference in Jaji military cantonment in Kaduna, lamenting that the Army was being poorly funded by the federal government.
Muraina had said: “Currently, budgetary allocation for the military is inadequate to meet the contemporary security challenges and also cater for the welfare of the Nigerian Army. The Nigerian Army is enmeshed in the bureaucratic bottlenecks for the funding approvals for military operations. This calls for a review as the increasing speed at which the effects of conflict appear in the operational environment will continue to challenge commanders.
Currently, budgetary allocation for the military is inadequate to meet the contemporary security challenges and also cater for the welfare of the Nigerian Army.”