Borno senator thinks $1bn is too small to fight Boko Haram and we can’t argue

Lawmaker representing Borno South Senatorial district, Ali Ndume has said the $1 billion approved for the fight against Boko Haram is not enough.

Background:

State governors had agreed to allow the withdrawal of $1bn to fight insurgency.

However, Ekiti State governor Ayodele Fayose criticised the decision, stating that the money will be used for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

What Ndume said:

While speaking after his visit to the Presidential Villa on Friday, Ndume said the money was little compared to the level of devastation caused by the activities of Boko Haram.

“No amount is too much to spend on securing the country,” he said.

What we think:

Ndume is a lawmaker from that part of the country where Boko Haram insurgents have attacked most.

His state has the highest number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

We may want to agree because he has first hand experience of the devastation caused by the insurgency. The fact that the Federal Government had also lied about defeating Boko Haram but suddenly needing $1billion to fight it, makes it hard to trust them.

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