Shortage of security personnel has been blamed as part of the reason the fight against terrorists in Nigeria’s North East is yet to be over.
The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made this disclosure, even as he alleged that the National Assembly has also frustrated the war against by denying the executive necessary funding.
He made the claim on Wednesday when he appeared on a Channels Television’s progamme.
According to him, poor funding is also hindering the terrorism fight, even as he added, that the National Assembly has its share of the blame for keeping quiet on the President’s request to withdraw $1 billion dollars from the Excess Crude Oil to purchase arms for the troops.
He said, “The thing about law enforcement is that they are not present 24 hours of the day in all of these communities because of the inadequacy of their numbers.”
Shehu, however, applauded the efforts of Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in engaging the terrorists, saying that the troops are doing “an exceedingly good job.”
Asked to say what he knew of the allegation that soldiers engaging Boko Haram were recently instructed not to fire first unless they are first attacked by the terrorists, Shehu said:
“Well, to the best of my knowledge, I am not aware there is a policy. And I don’t think policy in that regard can be justified.”
On Zamfara bandits, Shehu expressed optimism that it will soon become history, as he said that Nigerian troops are flushing them out.
He, meanwhile, called on religious and community leaders in the state to work together with the security agencies by providing them with vital information.
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