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$1bn ECA Fund: Opposition aims to frustrate war against insurgency- CSOs

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By Kelechukwu Iruomah

The National Committee of Yoruba Youths and the Coalition of Civil Society Groups against Terrorism in Nigeria have accused politicians of working to frustrate the efforts by the Federal government to put a timely end to Boko Haram insurgency.

The groups at a media briefing in Lagos, addressed by its Convener, Comrade Odeyemi Oladimeji, described those who are opposed to the approval of the sum of $1billion from the Excess Crude Account by the Nigerian Governors Forum to support the ongoing war against insurgency in the North East as unpatriotic and desperate politicians.

They described those opposed to the decision as self-serving and sympathizers of Boko Haram, adding that they should not be taken seriously.

They said: ”While we sincerely recognize the right of every Nigerian to hold their opinion, as expected in a democratic setting such as ours. It is sad that rather than providing a collective response towards ensuring that the menace of terrorism is completely eradicated from our country, some persons remain resolute at making political gains out of a situation that has rendered many of our brothers and sisters homeless. It is our opinion as young Nigerians, that the generosity of the governors, be applauded as it will increase the capacity of our military to frontally confront the remnants of the insurgents, who are still desperately making attempt to escalate the now relatively curtailed situation.

“We want to further urge Nigerians, to disregard the criticism by these desperate politicians, who are supportive of the insurgency, through their utterances and body language.

”The Federal government should ensure accountability and transparency in the utilization of the fund.”



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