bokoThe lawmaker representing Amuwo-Odofin Federal Constituency of Lagos State in the House of Representatives, Hon. Oghene Emma Egoh, has said that members of the Boko Haram sect are gradually gaining momentum under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
Egoh maintained that Buhari’s approach to the fight against terrorism had not been satisfactory.
The lawmaker, who spoke to House Press Corps yesterday on some burning national issues, urged the President to deploy enough soldiers and equip them adequately, adding that his current strategy against terrorism was not working.
He was of the view that the President needs to change his tactics so that the war could be won quickly.
According to him, “So whatever party you belong to does not matter because without security we cannot have peace; we cannot have investment, people cannot move freely and Nigerians cannot be happy. So we want to support the President to ensure the success of that war.
“Let me say straightaway that the President is a General; a man all of us respects, the man who should know about war more than we who are politicians; but I want to say that his strategies have not quite worked as expected.
“Before President Jonathan left office, the soldiers were able to pursue Boko Haram out of many communities, a lot of them were killed and some ran out of the country. We thought that was bye-bye to insurgency, but when Buhari came in I was expecting him to get Jonathan’s people to handover to him militarily, but it looks like there is a lot of activity and today Boko Haram has comeback stronger than before.
“Two days ago, I read in the papers that they had to go and bomb Sambisa village again because they have returned and are killing people.
“I can only wish the President well; we want to appeal to the President to put more effort in curbing this insurgency threatening the peace and unity of our country. We pray for the President to win the war, but I think his tactics are not working well enough; he needs to change tactics so that the war can be won very quickly.”
On President Buhari’s corruption war, Egoh said he should be holistic and broad-minded if he must succeed in the fight.
The lawmaker, however, warned the President against using the anti-graft agencies such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC to fight his perceived enemies.
While expressing disappointment on the activities of the EFCC, he called for more investigations into its activities in view of the recent allegation of N1trillion against its Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde.
It would be recalled that Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges, as well as Public Petitions had commenced investigations into allegations on diversion of seized assets and looted public funds recovered by the EFCC under Lamorde to the tune of N1trillion alleged to have been diverted into his private accounts.