Why US may not heed Buhari’s call for assistance over insecurity —Falana

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Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has said that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari may be giving false impression that the Joe Biden administration will send United States troops to defend Nigerians.

The lawyer said rather than give the false impression, the Federal Government should embark on mass recruitment of military and police personnel, equip and motivate them to defend every part of the country.

Falana stated this on Thursday in a paper he presented at a public lecture to mark the 80th birthday of an academic, Prof Omotoye Olorode, in Abuja.

He said, “Regrettably, Nigeria is currently witnessing the virtual collapse of the security architecture of the neocolonial State due to the diversion of the huge fund earmarked for procurement of arms and ammunition for the armed forces and the police by successive regimes.

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“To prevent terrorists and bandits from sacking the government, President Buhari has appealed to President Joe Biden to come to the aid the ruling class in waging war against terror and banditry. And without consulting either the African Union or the ECOWAS the federal government has asked President Biden to relocate the US African Command (AFRICOM) in Germany to Africa.

“Since 2009, the cry for help in prosecuting the counter insurgency operations had fallen on the deaf ears of the leaders of the West. As if that was not enough, the United States and her allies prevented Nigeria from acquiring vital security equipment to prosecute the war on terror due to the abysmal poor human rights record of the armed forces and the police.

“Even though the Buhari administration was allowed to pay the sum of $329m for 12 super Tucanofighter jets in November 2018 to aid the counter insurgency operations in the North-East Zone the jets have not been delivered.

“Instead of giving Nigerians the false impression that the United States is going to send troops to defend them the federal government should be compelled to embark on mass recruitment of military and police personnel, equip and motivate them to defend every part of the country. In addition, all state and local governments should proceed to set up defence committees constituted by young men and women in every community to collaborate with the police in securing the lives and properties of all citizens.”