A Nigerian lawmaker, Rimamnde Kwewum, Donga/Ussa/Takum/Special Area Federal Constituency at the national assembly has spoken on why Boko Haram insurgents are still very strong in Nigeria.
Mr Kwewum, a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said while the military had made some efforts, the terrorists are getting stronger.
He made this assertion in an interview with Vanguard Newspaper on Tuesday.
“The reality of the situation as we know is that Boko Haram has remained very strong. There is need to remove politics from the reality. The reality on ground is that the military had made some efforts to perform its functions; but there are certain factors that need to be put in place for us to understand what is happening.”
Mr Kwewum said the military failure to win the war against Boko Haram is connected to poor funding of the security operatives.
“First of all, I want you to understand that throughout the three and half years I was chairman of the House committee on army, one thing we noticed and kept hammering on was that the military had over the years been very poorly funded and was under-staffed.”
The lawmaker also questioned the position of the Federal Government that the insurgents have been degraded and technically defeated.
“I don’t know whether we should be saying its renewed attacks across the country or maybe we are really not aware of what is going on compared to what we used to know some years back.”
He alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration made an “impression that his government is better. So, he had to play the political points from the reality.”
The presidency on several occasions have maintained that the Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria are not as deadly as they used to be in the previous administration.
This claim however, often get punctured by security analysts.