Former presidential candidate of the National Action Council (NAC), Dr. Olapade Agoro, on Sunday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, raised an alarm that the huge amount of money paid to Boko Haram terrorists by the Federal Government as ransoms for the release of Chibok and Dapchi school girls has given the terrorists upper hand over the Nigerian Army.
Agoro, who made this revelation while reacting to the reported killing of about 100 Nigerian soldiers by Boko Haram fighters during the Metele attack, insisted that the menacing dangers confronting Nigeria are more than the 2019 general elections.
According to him, Nigerian leaders and the political class should urgently address the scourge facing the country, rather than talking about the 2019 general elections.
Agoro added that the Boko Haram issue in particular has become a recurring decimal whenever general elections are approaching.
He noted further that since the Federal Government reportedly paid whooping sums of money to free some Chibok and Dapchi school girls, the initial successes recorded by the Nigerian Army in the war against insurgency in the North-East have suffered setback.
Agoro said that it is logical to think that the ransoms reportedly paid to Boko Haram has given the terrorist group the much needed money to purchase more sophisticated weapons to kill Nigerian soldiers.
He also called on President Muhammodu Buhari to talk to the nation on the renewed aggression by Boko Haram insurgents, saying that urgent actions are needed from the President.
Agoro said, “It is sad that Boko Haram mutilated over 100 Nigerian soldiers in the Metele attacks. Not only was the situation gory, sad and embarrassing, it borders on the nerves of the nation that the President, a retired General was reluctant to reaction and talk to the nation on the attacks.
“It must be remembered that President Buhari moved the military command to Borno state three years ago, an action that led to Nigeria securing victory against Boko Haram by opening up the Sambisa forest.
“It is therefore logical to think that the ransoms reportedly paid to Boko Haram has renewed the strength of the terrorist group “.