Considering how hard terrorism and banditry had dealt with Nigeria in recent years, President Buhari has made an announcement that Nigeria will spend around $80 million in combating terrorism and banditry in the northern part of the country in 2021.
President Buhari made this announcement during his speech at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Authority of Heads of State and Government virtual Summit. The summit was held on Saturday January 23.
President Buhari’s speech was read by the Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyema. According to president Buhari, no country has all it take to win the war against terrorism all on its own, there is need for countries to collaborate and out resources together to fight our common enemy (terrorism).
Nigeria has always ensured that they contribute their quota towards fighting terrorism in ECOWAS. President Buhari disclosed that Nigeria had already contributed $20 million to ECOWAS to help compliment their efforts towards ending terrorism in West Africa.
Onyema during the meeting which has in attendance Heads of State and Government restated the need for countries to join hands together in the fight against terrorism.
He urged member states to pay their voluntary contribution into the fund dedicated to the implementation of the 2020/2024 Action plan.
A part of the statement reads: ”We have already directed the immediate remittance of the sum of $20 million pledged by Nigeria to the pool account of the ECOWAS Action Plan to fight terrorism while the sum of $80 million is to be disbursed for the fight against terrorism in the Northeast and banditry in the Northwest of Nigeria.”
As terrorism continues to torment multiple African states, it is expected that some African countries that normally didn’t allocate much funds to security will certainly have a rethink. The war against terrorism is no child’s play, there is need to gather as much fund as possible.
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former presidential candidate, Adamu Garba has taken a position on the issue of cattle rearing in Nigeria which has caused a lot of controversies recently.
Newsonspot.com.ng reports that Garba in a statement on Sunday, made available on his Twitter account, submitted that it doesn’t make sense for cows to be roaming the streets in the 21st century.