Former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida has been blamed for seeming weakness of military in the war against Boko Haram insurgents in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states in spite of the State of Emergency declared there since May last year.
General Mohammed Saleh, a serving Senator, who revealed this on Thursday, 4th September, 2014, while speaking at the meeting between the National Assembly Joint Committee on Defence and Service Chiefs, alleged that the former Military President deliberately weakened the fire power of the Nigeria Armed Forces during his regime as a way of preventing or frustrating any attempt of coup d’état against his government and in the process, endangered the territorial integrity of the country, the consequences of which according to him, the nation is now facing in the hands of Boko Haram insurgents having the audacity to face the nation’s military in war fare.
The meeting between the Service Chiefs and the National Assembly Joint Committees on Defence lasted for over five hours even as the Chairman of Senate Committee on Defence, Senator Thompson Sekibo said that the joint committee has agreed to meet President Goodluck Jonathan on how to find lasting solution to insurgency in the northeast.
Briefing journalists after the five hour close door meeting, Senator Sekibo explained that the Chief of Defence Staff had briefed the two committees on the development in the northeast.
He stated further that the interactive session became necessary in view of the scary stories emanating from the area.
According to him, “We have heard several stories from the media, some of them very scary hence the need to interact with the Service Chiefs for us to know the true state of things.
“We’ve been hearing of stories of major cities in those three states being taken over by the insurgents. We’ve been hearing of stories of our armed forces being driven away from those areas. That is really scary!”
“We invited the CDS to get first hand information. From this meeting, the story is different and not as scary as speculated. We have one or two places that the insurgents have a stronghold, but within few days, the Nigerian Armed Forces will take them back”.