Nigeria Accuses Obama’s Govt Of Politicising Fight Against Boko Haram

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The federal government of Nigeria yesterday accused the administration of the United States President Barrack Obama for politicizing the fight against the Boko Haram Sect.

Speaking in his national capacity, during the just-concluded 2015 Business Opportunity and Investment Forum held by NIDO, Chicago Branch at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare Hotel in Chicago, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Atlanta Georgia and its environs, Mr. Geoffrey Teneilabe, blamed the US government for not effectively assisting Nigeria in its fight against the insurgents.

The Nigerian diplomat also said that the America began playing politics with the fight against Boko Haram from the time it refused to sell arms that the Nigerian troop would have used to totally curb the Islamic Sect.

His words: “The decision of the United States government not to sell arms to Nigeria In order to effectively combat members of the Boko Haram Sect is uncalled for and it is political.

“Despite the challenges faced, former President Goodluck Jonathan was able to curb the activities of Boko Haram to some extents, and if the US had agreed to sell arms to Nigeria, maybe by now the sect would have been defeated.”

He, however, lauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s effort to curb the activities of Islamic militants in the country, urging Nigerians not to relent in prayers with a view to overcoming security challenges currently facing the country.

In her own address, a former Vice Chairman of the Board of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation, Americas(NIDOA), Dr. Sandra Ote Dafiaghor, lamented on the present poor economy challenges in Nigeria, saying urgent steps must be taken by President Muhammadu Buhari to address it.

Furthermore, Dr. Dafiaghor criticized the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for banning Nigerian banks from collecting cash deposits in dollars. She added that this policy is not encouraging and will hurt Nigeria’ s economic growth.

Earlier, the Minister/Head(Trade&Investment) Nigeria Embassy, Mr. Akin Rockson, who appealed to Nigerians in the US to bear with the federal government on currency restrictions that were recently introduced by Central Bank of Nigeria noted that the plan was to prevent politicians from looting the nation’s treasury.

His words: “Unlike what happened in the past where politicians used to loot Nigeria’ s treasury, the present administration is putting in place an effective policy and tools that can put an end to looting in the country.”

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