By Levinus Nwabughiogu
Abuja – Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal yesterday warned Federal government against playing politics with the welfare of the soldiers who are combating terrorism in North Eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
Tambuwal gave the warning while receiving a delegation of the Alumni of Unity Schools Old Students’ Association(USOSA).
Regretting that the House had been inundated with calls from members of the public and the soldiers about some unkind treatments meted to the military personnel, the speaker said that anybody responsible for denying or delaying the soldiers welfare packages shall be investigated by the House.
He said: “A situation whereby we appropriate funds for our men to be well taken care of, to be well kitted and for them to have the best of arms and somebody somewhere is playing politics or is not implementing and applying those funds judiciously is not acceptable.
“We have received several complaint from soldiers that they are not getting what is due too them on the field. How do you take someone that is less motivated to the battlefield. I believe that we need to more and I believe that those responsible should be responsible enough to cater for these troops.
“And we are ready to take on whoever is involved in that,” the Speaker warned.
Tambuwal also assured the old boys that “we are going to have some motions that are talking about welfare of our men on the field.”
Justifying the House’s special session for slain children of Buni Yadi in Yobe State on Tuesday, the Speaker said: “we interact seriously with our constituents and we have been having feelers and feelings of our people on what has been happening in the North-East and other parts of the country that are prone to some measure of criminality.”
“As leaders we must be concerned about the feelings of our people. That is why the leadership of the House agreed too hold that special session to mourn as a mark of respect and to draw attention to the urgent need that all of us stakeholders and Nigerians must come together and support the government in ensuring that we bring an end too this wanton killing and destruction of life and properties,” he added.
Speaking earlier, the President-General of USOSA, Muhammadu Kabiru Nuhu-Koko.
said they called on the speaker having seen his deep concern over the “terrible night killing of school children”, and further urged to enact a law that will ensure the security of unity schools in the country.