It has become apparent that the non-funding of the Nigeria military by the Jonathan led Federal Government is a deliberate attempt to cripple the Army and undermine the strength of the Nigeria Arm Forces. It is in real sense, a calculated attempt to throw the country into an unending civil unrest that would defy the weak fire power of the amputated military in the event that Jonathan loses the 2015 Presidential election.
Since the country has been bedevilled by the deadly attack of a terrorist group called Boko Haram, that have taken over part of the Nigerian territory, some parts of the North East to be precise, the Nigerian gallant army have stood their ground with available little resources at their disposal to resist the deadly insurgence.
Though criticised by many Nigerian for allowing the terrorist group to overrun them, the army have on several occasions complained to the Federal Government about non availability of arms and ammunitions to confront the fire power of the dreaded sect. Yet, the Jonathan’s administration has continued to fight the war as it were, on the pages of newspaper and within the political circle.
Rather than hold the bull by the horn, the Jonathan led government are quick at politicking with every issue of national concern. He has laid the blame of the insurgent on the doorstep of the opposition, what discern Nigerians see as a lazy thought and distraction from the subject matter.
Few months ago, the South African government raised alarm about an amount of $9.3million cash found on a Nigerian private jet in Jo’Burg airport. It was discovered that the money belonged to the Nigerian government and that it was meant for the purchase of illegal fire arms. It was also said that monies amounting to $5.7million had earlier been intercepted which also was traced to the Nigerian government for the same purpose. Worthy of note in all of this is the fact that the Nigerian Arm Forces was neither informed nor involved in the arms deal. Rather the Jonathan’s government was more comfortable working with Niger Delta militants to procure arms; little wonder the US would not sell its arms to ‘us’.
Just recently, a Niger-Delta militant called Tompolo, who is on the payroll of the Jonathan’s government, was reported to have acquired seven warships which he claimed are for the protection of the oil pipelines in the Niger-Delta region. Having been contracted by Jonathan to protect the pipeline from vandals, the militant said he needed the warships to parade the waterways.
It would be recalled that former president, Olusegun Obasanjo had in an open letter to President Jonathan stated that the president was training snipers and militant in readiness for 2015 presidential election. An allegation president Jonathan had debunked in a response open letter to Obasanjo.
Today however, the reality of the OBJ’s letter is beginning to dawn on Nigerians. How does one explains a situation where some private individuals are given rights outside the constitution of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria to procure and own warships, military arms and ammunitions capable of threatening the territorial integrity of the country, especially at a time when the country’s arm forces are lamenting over the non-availability of arms and ammunition to defend the country against internal and external attacks.
The questions many Nigerians need to ask and ponder upon are:
- Why are private individuals from the Niger-Delta area contracted to procure arms and ammunitions outside the knowledge of the Nigeria Arm Forces?
- What are these arms and ammunitions meant for?
- Why at a time of elections?
The earlier we find answers to these questions the better for the unity of the country.
By: Dimeji Joseph
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