Teddy Oscar, Abuja
Chairman of the House Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has concluded that that whatever strategy the Federal Government is using to curb the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria is not working, and urged the government to seek the help of experts from within and outside Nigeria.
Dabri-Erewa, who represents the Ikorodu Federal Constituency of Lagos State, revealed that she was worried that there was no compassion in governance in Nigeria anymore, as portrayed by President Jonathan’s partying in Kano State, a day after the Nyanya bomb blast that claimed nearly 100 lives of innocent Nigerians and over 200 wounded six days before Easter Sunday.
Speaking at a ‘Girls in ICT Day’ workshop at the Sheraton Hotels in Lagos, recently, the lawmaker described as insensitive, callous, preposterous and very, very annoying Jonathan’s visit to Kano, where the President sang and danced a day after the bombing before 234 girls were abducted in Borno State.
She noted that the need for Nigeria to seek outside help had become necessary, following continued attacks on Nigeria by the Boko Haram sect.
“There are Nigerian experts on security in Diaspora that could be contacted/consulted by government to assist. The recent bombing in Nyanya, an outskirt of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the abduction of over 200 girls from a secondary school in Borno has shown that efforts by the nation’s security do not seem to be working effectively. The fight on terrorism is yet to curb the insurgency situation in Nigeria and such huge security challenge cannot be allowed to continue. Nigeria needs assistance even from security experts across the globe that must not necessarily be Nigerians,” she stated.
She called on Jonathan to apologise, not only to the families and victims of the Nyanya bomb blast, but also to the families of the abducted girls and to the entire Nigerian women.
Dabiri-Erewa also called on all mothers to be united and mobilised in demanding and pleading for the release of the abducted girls.
She observed that there is need for wider consultations, if Nigeria can no longer guarantee the safety of its young ones,.
“The little ones are the hope and future of this nation. We cannot sit and watch them being destroyed daily,” she stated.
The lawmaker, who decried the abduction of innocent little girls by the Boko Haram sect, appealed to the abductors to set the girls free.