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Bring Looters Of Arms Funds To Justice – BBOG Urges FG
The Bring Back Our Girls, BBOG, campaign group has again called on the federal government to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the people who were involved in embezzling the funds meant for the purchase of arms for the Nigerian Armed Forces be brought to swift justice.
Co-convener of the group, Oby Ezekwesili made this known while briefing newsmen on their return from a guided tour of the Sambisa forest on Monday.
Recall that the federal government had invited the BBOG group to be part of a tour of the vast Sambisa forest in order to get a firsthand experience of the efforts of the Nigerian military to locate and rescue the abducted Chibok girls.
Responding to questions on their level of satisfaction after the tour, Ezekwesili said that the trip has further affirmed the group’s belief that the war on terror cannot be won with an ill-equipped military.
She added that the group “is more empowered to demand that any person who has been indicted for embezzlement of resources meant to prosecute the war on terror be prosecuted and brought to book.”
She also said that the tour has shown the transparency and willingness on the part of the military authorities to open up on the strategies and measures being employed in prosecution of the war, adding that the operation has recorded more gains than loss.
She, however, added that the BBOG would remain a strong voice to demand for accountability from the federal government.
Ezekwesili, who was joined on the trip by another prominent member of the BBOG group, Aisha Yesufu, urged the Minister of Information and culture, Lai Mohammed, to continue to provide update on the prosecution of persons involved in the embezzlement of funds meant for anti-insurgency operations.
Earlier, the information Minister, who was also part of the tour of Sambisa Fores alongside the Minister for Defence, Mansour Dan-Ali, assured Nigerians that negotiations are still ongoing for the release of the Chibok girls and all others who are still in Boko Haram captivity.
Mohammed revealed that there was a near success on December 1, but talks are still on to ensure the release of the girls from their abductors.
He added that the tour has opened up to the world “the how and the what” strategies of the federal government to not only release every abducted person, but also bring the insurgency to an end.