IBADAN – The Chief Imam of the University of Ibadan, Professor Abdulrahman Oloyede, has urged the federal government of Nigeria to stop endangering the lives of soldiers who are tackling the Boko Haram insurgency.
Oloyede made this disclosure while addressing journalists shortly after he led Muslim faithful in the two Rakah obligatory Eid-el-Kabir prayers at the University on Tuesday.
Boko Haram insurgency started in 2009 in Borno state, which has spread to other states in the North-Eastern part of the country, which has lead to the death of many innocent citizens, soldiers and other security agents.
But, the professor of Arabic and Islamic studies while speaking, cautioned the federal government, the Nigerian Army and other stakeholders not to endanger the lives of the soldiers anymore.
He noted that the government should equip the soldiers with necessary equipment so as to stop the further killing of the soldiers by the insurgents.
Oloyede advised the government to do all within its power to tackle poverty in the country.
He said that it is not possible for the insurgents to overrun the army, but they (Army) are helpless because they were not fully equipped with the necessary weapons to combat them.
He said, “They should not endanger the lives of our soldiers the way they are doing now.
“They should spend security allocation judiciously to tame the bandits. They cannot be too powerful than Nigerian Army. It is not possible for any bandit to overrun the Nigerian Army. They can’t be too powerful.
“It is not possible for any bandit to overrun the Nigerian Army. Because Nigerian Army is one of the most efficient in Africa. So, all the money budgeted, they should spend it the way it should be spent.
The government should equip them with the necessary equipment to combat insurgency.
“The leaders should endeavour to take care of Nigerians. Whatever they can do to take poverty from people, they should do it”.
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