My take on Boko Haram – Dambazau
Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Audu Ogbeh yesterday said told Senators how to revive the country’s agricultural sector.
Speaking when he appeared during the confirmation hearing, he said for the sector to be revived, the problem of seedlings, equipment and interest rate must be looked into.
He advocated for the creation of extension service stations in all the 774 local government areas of the country to guide farmers on how best to carry out their businesses.
“Now that oil and gas are no longer sustainable, we need to diversify and revive the agricultural sector in the country. There must be extension centres in all our local government areas,” he said.
Expressing concern on how the country is spending 22bn dollars annually to import foods, he said the country possesses all that are required to have food sufficiency.
On politics, he said there was nothing wrong for politicians to decamp from one party to the other. Former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau yesterday spoke on the capacity of the military to fight insurgency and other insecurity challenges in the country.
“The Boko Haram is a conflict; they are looking for something we don’t want. It is an issue of pseudo religion group. It is just like what we have in the Niger-Delta,” he said while speaking during the confirmation hearing of the Senate yesterday.
He said the military was combat ready to withstand the rigours, saying “this is why we are all over the place”.
He also denied the report that the country lacks a defence policy, adding that “Nigeria has defence policy but I will agree with you if you say it doesn’t get reviewed regularly.”
On peace missions, he said “I will agree with you that we should not be Father Christmas. Money reimburse by the UN can assist because Pakistan and Bangladesh use the reimbursements to maintain their armed forces. Annual budget cannot sustain the armed forces”.
He also responded to questions on barracks and the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) .