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$1b Boko Haram Fund: Yoruba Youth, CSOs Blast Fayose, Others

By Dipo Olowookere

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has been accused of working to frustrate the efforts by the Federal government to put a timely end to the reign of the Boko Haram insurgents in the country.

National Committee of Yoruba Youth and the Coalition of Civil Society Against Terrorism in Nigeria made this accusation at a media briefing on Sunday in Lagos.

Convener of one of the groups, Comrade Odeyemi Oladimeji, speaking during the media chat, described those who are opposed to the approval of the sum of $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) by the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) to support the ongoing war against insurgency in the North East as desperate politicians who takes pleasure in supporting the activities of the insurgents and are ready to continually exploit same for their selfish political gains.

He further called those opposed to the Governors decision to further fund the war against Boko Haram as unpatriotic, self-serving and sympathizers of Boko Haram and as such, shouldn’t be taken serious by Nigerians.

“While we sincerely recognize the right of every Nigerians to hold their opinion as expected in a democratic setting such as ours, it is sad that rather than providing a collective response towards ensuring that the menace of terrorism is completely eradicated from our country, some persons remain resolute at making political gains out of a situation that has rendered many of our brothers and sisters homeless turned children to orphans and seeing communities desolated.

“It is our opinion as young Nigerians that the generosity of the Governors be applauded by Nigerians as it will in doubt, increase the capacity of our military to frontal confront the remnants of the insurgents, who are still desperately making attempt to further escalate the now relatively curtailed situation particularly in the North East part of the country.

“We want to further urge Nigerians to disregard the criticism by these desperate politicians, who are supportive of the insurgency through their utterances and body language in such manners that are already known to all Nigerians.”

However, the groups urge the Federal government to ensure accountability and transparency in the utilization of the fund as Nigerians look forward towards a total end to the Boko Haram insurgency the country approach the year 2018.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan.

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