HURIWA asks National Assembly to halt probe into procurement of military wares

Posted by News Express | 14 April 2021 | 675 times

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Civil rights advocacy group, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has asked the National Assembly to be very circumspect and not to directly sabotage the war on terror by the unwarranted distraction of investigating the procurement of arms in such a way as to show that they may be doing the bidding of terrorists.

HURIWA specifically counselled the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, to provide patriotic leadership to guide the relevant defence-related committees so their members are not recruited as undercover sympathizers of Boko Haram terrorists who will continue to spread sensational media stories regarding the propriety or otherwise of the procurement process observed in the Public Procurement of defence related weapons.

“We think that at a time of grave emergency and threats to the territorial integrity of Nigeria, what we expect from law makers is to support the hierarchy of the military with all that they need to effectively combat the threats of terrorism and after that then forensic investigations of expenses and procurements can happen in an atmosphere devoid of media sensationalism.

“We expect the legislators not to constitute unwelcomed nuisance and orchestrated distractions by organizing unnecessary public show and media drama of seeking to make a devil out of the heads of the armed forces of Nigeria and by so doing create disaffection and demotivate the combatants by feeding them with half-baked and unsubstantiated innuendos that certain members of the military hierarchy may have diverted funds meant for procurement of arms. Who are these law makers working for? Nigeria or Boko Haram terrorists?

“This is the most inappropriate time to do that and the methodology they adopted they are indirectly creating the impression that some of the members of the National Assembly may actually be doing the bidding of the masterminds of the terror campaigns against Nigeria.”

“If we may ask, are the legislators unaware of the very characters and political functionaries within the Ministry of Defence that are directly in charge of all procurements and don't they know the custodian of such procurement records? Why have they not invited the minister? Why not read up the relevant laws if the members are bereft of the relevant information on the extant laws relating to procurement and that the Minister of Defence is the right person to provide all the information they seek or are they procured by the terrorists to cause disaffection by spreading false information about some missing funds?”

HURIWA stated further: “For their information, these are facts presented by a legal scholar and these faultless procedures are easily accessed on the Internet for the elucidation of the legislator so they carry out their assignment if need be, with the highest decorum and avoid hugging the media in order to create something out of nothing and thing effectively derail the war on terror.”

Source: News Express

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