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Boko Haram: Stop endangering lives of our soldiers, give them necessary equipment – UI Chief Imam tells FG

The Chief Imam, University of Ibadan, Professor Abdulrahman Oloyede, has urged the federal government of Nigeria to henceforth, desist from endangering the lives of soldiers who are tackling Boko Haram insurgency.

Oloyede made this disclosure while addressing journalists shortly after he led Muslim faithful in the two Rakah obligatory Eld-Kabir prayer at the University on Tuesday.

Muhabarishaji recalls that Boko Haram insurgency started in 2009 in Borno state.

Our correspondent learnt that Boko Haram insurgency which has spread to other states in the North Eastern part of the country, has led to the death of many innocent citizens, soldiers and other security agents.

But, the professor of Arabic and Islamic studies while speaking, cautioned the federal government, the Nigerian Army and other stakeholders not to endanger the lives of the soldiers anymore.

He noted that the government should equip the soldiers with necessary equipment so as to stop further killing of the soldiers by the insurgents.

He said that it is not possible for the insurgents to overrun the army, but they (Army) are helpless because they were not fully equipped to do the work.

“They should not endanger the lives of our soldiers the way they are doing now.

“Spend security allocation judiciously to tame the bandits.

“They cannot be more powerful than Nigerian Army. It is not possible for any bandit to overrun the Nigerian Army. They can’t be too powerful.

“It is not possible for any bandit to overrun the Nigerian Army. Because, Nigerian Army is one of the most efficient in Africa.

“So, all the money budgeted, they should spend it the way it should be spent.

“The government should equip them with necessary equipment to combat insurgency.”

Oloyede while speaking further advised the government to do all within its power to tackle poverty in the country.

“The leaders should endeavour to take care of Nigerians. Whatever they can do to take poverty from people, they should do it.”

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