Boko Haram: APC tackles Jonathan over escape of Nigerian soldiers into Cameroon

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as an unprecedented national embarrassment the increasing seizure of Nigerian towns by the terrorist group Boko Haram and the reported fleeing of 480 Nigerian soldiers to Cameroon during an attack on a military base in Gamboru-Ngala on Monday.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party called on President Goodluck Jonathan to urgently address Nigerians on the worsening security situation in the northern part of the country that has allowed Boko Haram to proclaim its rule over a part of the nation’s territory.

It said in the face of the biggest threat to Nigeria’s unity and territorial integrity since the country’s civil war, President Jonathan must also put partisanship aside and rally the nation against Boko Haram, which by all indications seems to be getting bolder and stronger, to such an extent that the group is now hoisting its flag over parts of the nation’s territory.

APC also restated its call for an urgent national stakeholders’ conference on security that will cut across party lines to help fashion a solution to what has now become a clear and present danger to the survival of Nigeria, while pledging its unalloyed support for any sincere effort by the Federal Government to end the insurgency as quickly as possible.

As an immediate first step, the party calls on President Jonathan to immediately halt the illegal electioneering campaign by his Ministers, other appointees and supporters, saying Nigeria must survive as a nation before any party or individual can rule over it.

”These campaigns, ostensibly by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) but in truth being bankrolled by the Federal Government, offends national sensibilities at a time our citizens are being daily slaughtered and our troops are struggling against the terrorists who are bent on balkanizing our nation. Needless to remind Nigerians that over 200 school girls remain missing more than 130 days after they were abducted,” the party said, adding: ”The President must put politics aside for now and lead the nation to defeat Boko Haram.”
It also charged the military high command and its civilian leadership to quit politicking and fashion out ways for the military to live up to its constitutional responsibility of maintaining Nigeria’s territorial integrity.

APC said it is a shame that while the Minister of State for Defence Musiliu Obanikoro has been prancing around in Ekiti and Osun state marshaling troops to harass the opposition during the elections in those states, Nigeria has been losing territory after territory to Boko Haram.

Equally worrisome, the party said, is the development that has seen some defence chiefs Chief become the chief campaign managers to President Jonathan, an action that is a clear violation of the military’s professional ethics and which has embroiled the military unnecessarily in politics, at a time they should be rallying the troops against Boko Haram.

”Nigeria has never had it so bad. The country’s military that was being hailed worldwide for its sterling performance at global peacekeeping missions has now reached a level where its troops are deserting, engaging in mutiny or simply unwilling to fight.

”There is no way to spin what happened on Monday, when 480 Nigerian soldiers escaped to Cameroon. The Ministry of Defence called it ‘tactical manoeuvre’, but did not explain how soldiers fighting insurgents along Nigeria’s border with Cameroon will foray 80 kilometres into Cameroon! Also, if the Nigerian troops’ foray into Cameroon was in the spirit of the cooperation between the two countries in the fight against the terrorists, as some spin doctors have said, why were the Nigerian soldiers disarmed and then herded into schools in Maroua, 80kms from the Nigerian border?

”The issue that should agitate the minds of Nigerians now is whether our troops are adequately equipped to battle Boko Haram and, if not, what has happened to the funds allocated for such in the past. As we said in our earlier comments on this issue, between 2010 and 2014, a total of US$14 billion was allocated for defence, security and the police. What has happened to these funds?

”Nigerians must start asking questions rather than just blaming soldiers. Nigerians must ask why the alarm raised by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno concerning the low morale and lack of necessary fighting equipment by the military was dismissed on the altar of partisanship. Nigerians must ask what next, if a rag tag band of marauders are now carving out territories for themselves in our nation. Things cannot and must not continue like this,” APC said.


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  • Scalywag

    The security summit being proposed by the APC ought to have preceded the recently concluded natiomal conference. It is even curious that the prevailing security situation, grave as it has been never was part of the agenda of the conference

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Right on point!

      • bless rich

        I think apc want to use this as the only way into winning the election, but shame unto u,cos this is just ur down fall.we now kw the truth u are all behind boko haram,thats y u said u have the key to stop boko haram if only u will be elected shaaaaaaaaaaam.

        • TRUTH MASTER

          You are stale. All those wrong accusations have failed to stick, and that’s why Jonathan’s stock is dropping daily. He and his party will be shellacked in Feb.

          • bless rich

            Y crying?,pls is not yet time, save the poor tears for Feb,is just by the corner u hear soooory.,Watch out for ur doom come few weeks

  • ifex

    during the civil war the whole nation supported Gen Gowon to unite the nation .I think the best bet for us now is to join hands with the presidency and salvage the situation.

    • Efe1

      The presidency is the chief protagonist of the division in the country. The desperation of the otueke clown is driving a big fat wedge between communities, group and ethnicities. We as a nation have never been so divided. Anyhow you look at it, the bulk stops with GEJ. He has failed 100% as a leader.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      Yes, but Gowon rallied the nation, not divided it

      Let President Jonathan do the same, and stop finger-pointing, then the whole nation will support him

      • don

        Jonathan does not even seem to understand what is really happening to us. That otuoke man is regrettably clueless to say the least.

  • Gbo_lee

    War is being declared on us and our soldiers are running,if its elections now,Obanikoro will be sending thousands to go and flex muscles on unarmed civilians….this is a big disgrace on our military,sad to see that even our respected military is breaking down under Jonathan’s watch

  • Wähala

    Clueless drunk. Yet he wants another four years to fcuk up Nigeria. I listed ten (10) unprecedented mega events on Punch and set the pages on fire with over 100 Disqus notifications. No gain repeating that here because it makes me ultra-mad thinking about the Otuoke Clown in fake fedora. The deserting soldiers only confirm the belief that foreigners fought and won the civil war for Nigeria. Due to arms embargo and the blockade, Biafran soldiers resorted to raiding NA barracks and cleaning out their weapons depot just as the Boko Haram are now doing… the NA have always been a bunch of cowards. Clowns in military fatigues…

    • Promote Abia

      have you ever wondered, if you were the president of Nigeria, what you will do in this situation.

      • Kwango

        I resign because my incompetence to handle security and leadership has been exposed. Next question?

  • Promote Abia

    the truth of the matter is that If BOKO HARAM wants to torment a person (even an APC president), they will do every thing they can.. Politics plays a major role here. APC and PDP are just beefing themselves. The president is one man. If every other Governor and leader can sincerely contribute positively to the sector where they belong, Nigerian won’t have any issue. the security votes that goes to every state, I’m sure is enough to tackle security issues of those states but Governors and political leaders want the president to run the country and run their states as well. see, Abia State is in a mess. Only God can save Nigeria

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Ukranian soldiers strayed into Russia territory recently , and the Russian authorities gave it different intetpretations, but that did not make the opponents of ukraninan govt to issue sarcastic statements like the idiotic lie muhammad is doing. This man is becoming a terrible nuisance and his statements very nauseating

    • Kwango

      See how improper reasoning can destroy a man. You are perched online everyday to scoop every failure around the globe to justify your paymaster’s incompetence. 1 Ukranian soldier in Russia equals 500 Nigerian soldiers in Cameroon according to Dumbo mathematics.

      • BlackieUmukoro

        Let’s be reasonable
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  • tsunami1earthquake

    To be candid, this is enough to impeach Jonathan. But in Nigeria anything goes and that’s why the nation is sliding below zero level. We wait and see.