Minister of Information and culture, Lai Mohammed has said the Buhari administration has achieved in six months what former president Goodluck Jonathan couldn’t achieve in six years; with regard to the war against the insurgents.
Mr. Mohammed was reacting to Jonathan’s claims that the Buhari administration is tackling Boko Haram with the weapons he procured.
“The current administration continues to fight them with the weapons we acquired and collectively I am confident we will eradicate them,” Jonathan said last week.
But Mr. Mohammed carpeted Jonathan for seeking the glory he barely deserves and for flooding the military with refurbished and substandard weaponry as president.
”The weapons, munitions and equipment which the former President said he bought were refurbished and lacked the basic components and spare parts. Additionally, the ammunition bought for both high calibre and small weapons have mostly expired, incompatible with weapons and grossly inadequate,” said the Minister.
Lai Mohammed who described Jonathan’s words as “most unfortunate”, also said the military under Jonathan couldn’t even transport itself to troubled spots in the north east.
“The situation was so pathetic that soldiers were often transported in Civilian JTF vehicles, civilian vehicles, trailers and water tankers when going to the theatres of operation. The revelations on the sorry state of things in the past, which have emanated from the investigative panel so far, point clearly to the kind of legacy bequeathed to this administration by the past government.
”That explains why troops remained largely static and were unable to effectively deploy to completely rout the Boko Haram terrorists in all their known enclaves. The high level of casualties sustained by our gallant soldiers was most unprecedented and cannot be compared to any known military operations in recent times, all because of the terrible state of affairs suffered by the military under the Jonathan Administration,” the minister said.
Mr. Mohammed said “because former President Jonathan could not understand how credible and dedicated leadership could impact positively on the morale and performance of troops, he has chosen to denigrate the system for the unprecedented feat that was achieved within the first six months of the Buhari Administration – something that he could not achieve in all of six years!
”It is also clear, as has been shown so far by the outcome of the panel probing past arms deals, that the purchase of substandard weapons apparently resulted from the massive corruption that enveloped the deals, the kind of horrifying graft that saw the purchase of refurbished choppers that lacked rotors, or fighter jets that could not be deployed to the theatre of war because they were not up to par.
”The needless loss of lives of many of our gallant troops, resulting from the lack of standard weaponry and low morale in the past, is not a matter to be trivialized under any circumstance,” the Minister said.