Senate will consider Jonathan’s $1billion loan request to fight Boko Haram – Mark

former Senate President, David Mark
former Senate President, David Mark

The Senate resumed from its five-week recess Tuesday with a pledge to consider the request by President Goodluck Jonathan for a $1 billion loan to fight Boko Haram insurgency ravaging north east Nigeria.

The President of the Senate, David Mark, who made the promise during the plenary session also said the upper legislative chamber would discuss ways of fighting the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD.

Mr. Jonathan had on July 16 sought the consent of the National Assembly to secure $1 billon loan to enable the Federal Government upgrade military equipment in its renewed fight against Boko Haram insurgency in the country.

Mr. Mark said the Senate would deliberate on the request before taking action on it.

“Today, we can say that as we resume, we will consider the health challenge that is facing the country, the way it is just handled, the way forward, particularly the Ebola question. It cannot be unnoticed; it will be addressed by the Senate,” he said.

“Then the request from Mr. President for $1 billion loan will be laid on the order paper for consideration by the senate.”

The Senate President also assured that the N79billion requested by Mr. Jonathan in June to fund Police reforms would also be considered by the legislature.

He asked the Federal Government to show more commitment in confronting Boko Haram in order to defeat the sect before resorting to dialogue.

According to him, the situation had deteriorated in some parts of the country and the clear intention is to humiliate the country.

Noting that Nigeria had been humiliated by the sect when it hoisted its flag in the some parts of the North East, Mr. Mark said the sect deserved to be sanctioned and confronted by the government.

He said though this required serious intervention, dialogue with the insurgent should not be totally ruled out.

The Senate President appealed to the National Assembly to continue to provide necessary legislative framework needed to defeat the insurgents.

He also expressed his concerns over the failed security issues in the country and the deterioration despite the state of emergency in some states.

He also expressed the conscious efforts of the National Assembly to treat matters according to the order of importance.


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  • clairvoyance

    Thief senator mark u people are looking for money to still in the name of borrowing to fight Boko haram, the Boko haram ur party dry sponsor!

  • kolapo04

    Yes,it is a “good idea” , gospels of David Mark, a lotta doughs to be shared around by these bed bugs, loans to be passed to unborn Nigerians to pay in the future, whilst this cabal loots and rapes the country, Nigeria does not need this loan, what happens to the yearly defence allocations, and sadly the Nigerian Armed forces is not value for money. Pls do we have anyone dilligent and honest enough to probe these various issues in our country ? If not today, it should happen in the near future, there must be accountability

  • redeem

    This is the worst news of the year————-would have been happy if the money–which will be paid from the land of the poverty stricken masses of the SS- would have come from the ground-nut pyramids -cotton or cocoa—-And not as usual the oil revenue base of the SS—-cause the money –is going to be stolen by the TRIPOD again ———————–since they are the main contractors——–the rogues who arrange to have air crafts go missing—then lie to us that they were destroyed or crashed? Sell arms to boko haram—-just days ago- we were shown arms which were alleged to have been captured from the boko haram fighters–but the address on the box indicated that it was from the Defense headquarters-in abuja—————premium Times that published the photos, yanked it off her website– hours later—is that the type of arm forces we intend to borrow over $1b for———-without first getting rid of the saboteurs in the Nigerian armed forces—————–working for boko haram————-ati APC——–the armed forces has within the last few weeks done every to scare us into making sure the money is made available to them——————–else boko haram will soon enter our bed room–to slaughter us——-all–but its a lie–1b is a very huge amount of moeny to throw away on boko haram–its a very big shame on the fulani north–just a waste pipe–the do not bring anything to the table—their is to waste———————–yet they yearn to rule via atiku buhari and kwankaso———-in APC–what a shame———————

  • redeem

    oil is is at the centre at the efforts of the Scottish people to seek freedom from the British————- while the mumus in the south south of Nigeris attempt to house boy their into THE HEART AND MINDS of their oppressors——-use their to service the leaking mouth of 170m ungratedful humans—–their boko haram our SS————————let my people go biko—-animals

  • True Nigerian

    But the same Senate will not bother to investigate and expose the mindless robbery of $32b military expenditures between 2010 and 2014, which is exactly why Nigeria is being forced into further debt of $1b.

    Nigerians, your lives will be ruined by the horrific leadership you support with your ethnic and religious bigotry.

  • GbemigaO

    The military and the government is blackmailing Nigerians. They have allowed BH to have the upper hand, take villages and towns. Now the Senate is being forced to consider the request. I bet they will steal more than 90% of the money. A country that takes 9.3m$ in cash to buy arms in a foreign country is not a country to be taken seriously!