The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has accused the National Assembly of sabotaging the war on terrorism by distracting the Nigerian military through the ongoing investigation into the procurement of arms.
DAILY POST earlier reported that the Chief of Army Staff, Maj Gen Attairu Ibrahim, on Monday, appeared before the House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating arms procurement.
The appearance caused a standoff between the Army Chief and the Committee members, as the latter refused to apologize over his inability to attend prior invitations.
Reacting, HURIWA advised the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan and the Speaker, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila to provide patriotic leadership to guide the relevant defence related committees so their members are not “recruited as undercover sympathizers of Boko haram terrorists who will continue to spread sensational media stories regarding the propriety or otherwise of the procurement process observed in the Public Procurement of defence related weapons”.
“We think that at a time of grave emergency and threats to the territorial integrity of Nigeria, what we expect from lawmakers is to support the hierarchy of the military with all that they need to effectively combat the threats of terrorism and after that then forensic investigations of expenses and procurements can happen in an atmosphere devoid of media sensationalism.
“We expect the legislators not to constitute unwelcome nuisance and orchestrated distractions by organizing unnecessary public show and media drama of seeking to make a devil out of the heads of the armed forces of Nigeria and by so doing create disaffection and demotivate the Combatants by feeding them with half baked and unsubstantiated innuendos that certain members of the Military hierarchy may have diverted funds meant for procurement of arms. Who are these lawmakers working for? Nigeria or Boko Haram terrorists?”
“This is the most inappropriate time to do that and with the methodology they adopted, they are indirectly creating the impression that some of the members of the National Assembly may actually be doing the bidding of the masterminds of the terror campaigns against Nigeria.”
“If we may ask, are the legislators unaware of the very characters and political functionaries within the Ministry of Defence that are directly in charge of all procurements and don’t they know the custodian of such procurement records? Why have they not invited the minister?”