Ace lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, has said that the
$1bn loan demanded by the Federal
Government to tackle insurgency in the country,
may be cornered for the 2015 elections.
Falana raised this alarm on Saturday during a
national symposium to commemorate the first
memorial anniversary of late Pro-National
Conference co-founder, Baba Omojola.
Falana said the Nigerian military was
handicapped by massive corruption and internal
fraud within the system that saw trillions of
naira meant for procurement of arms freighted
away for lack of accountability.
He said, “The money that has been voted for
defence of our dear country in the last five
years is N4tn. This year alone, it is N968bn. The
president has come back for a loan of $1bn
which is about N177bn added to N968bn in one
year. That is over a trillion naira. At the end of
the day, our soldiers are being sent to the war
front having no weapon to fight.
“As of yesterday, the $1bn has not been
processed, so if we are not careful the money is
going to be diverted to fund the forthcoming
Falana, who is the defence lawyer of some of
the military officers standing trial for mutiny,
said the Nigeria military, as presently
constituted, could not liberate the country from
the grip of the terrorists.
“As for the boys they accused of mutiny, when I
spoke with them, they said, ‘oga, we are not
guilty of mutiny. We want to fight and die for
this country, but there is no equipment. They
are asking us to face the Boko Haram sect that
has sophisticated weapons. We are simply being
asked to commit suicide and that is why we say
we have the right to life. We don’t want to die
cheaply’”, he added.