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Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Nigeria Navy, Yusuf Gagdi (left) and others at a media briefing on the state of security in Jos…

House of Representatives Committee on Nigeria Navy has alleged that there has been international conspiracy against Nigeria in the country’s fight against Boko Haram terrorism in the North East.

Its Chairman, Yusuf Adamu Gagdi, made the assertion in Jos yesterday, while other countries in the world have sophisticated weapons to protect their citizens, Nigeria’s case was nothing to write home about as it is being deliberately denied of some privileges.

Gagdi, who represents Pankshin, Kanke/Kanam federal constituency from Plateau State, wondered why the United States of America (USA) was giving stringent conditions before coming to train Nigerian military for 20 years before handing over the equipment.

He also wondered why the world power does not give such conditions to other African countries, adding, “But it gives Nigeria such terrible conditions before we acquire weapons.”

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“Why does Nigerian military do not have the latest military hardware to trace the footages of Boko Haram terrorists? He queried.

The lawmaker stated this at a media briefing in Jos, saying, “Boko Haram insurgents will pass until after two, three days before the Nigerian military will see their footages. After three days, they must have escaped, whereas Boko Haram members monitor the movement of military officers on a daily basis.

“Who provides the Boko Haram with such technological information to know the movement of our military and lay ambush for them whereas the military hardly get the movement of those insurgent group?

“I think whether we like it or not, somebody, somewhere has been aiding and abetting the activities of Boko Haram and I suspect that he is technologically advanced. This is the question we should all ask the Federal Government to determine how the Boko Haram gets funds and food in their hideouts.”

“If their ammunition is getting exhausted, who supplies them ammunition in their hideouts? We should support our military to protect all of us in this country,” he submitted.

Gagdi also questioned the role of the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the fight against terrorism in the North East, saying, “I have asked questions about the role of NGOs.

Consequently, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has set up a committee to investigate the activities of some of the NGOs in the North East on how to reach out to the insurgents but “we are not reaching out to them.”

How can an NGO pay for a hotel for 20 years in Borno State? Are expecting that the crisis should last from now till 20 years? Government should ask questions,” Gagdi stressed.

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