My take on Boko Haram – Dam­bazau

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Is­mail Mu­dashir

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) .

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