Movement Of $9.3mln Arms Deal Fund Is Illegal

Femi AdegbuluA security consultant, Femi Adegbulu, says the circumstances surrounding the movement of $9.3 million arms deal funds have left Nigerians suspicious of the true purpose of the funds which was ‘shrouded in obscurity’.

On Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, on Friday, Mr Adegbulu said that the Nigerian government, by the action, flouted its own law that stipulates the amount of money that could be taken away and that of South Africa.

“It is generally known now that Nigeria flouts laws. You do not expect, irrespective of how you are trying to justify your action, for other people to take lightly to the breaking of their law,” he said.

Mr Adegbulu said that the fact that the government could contemplate such a ‘sin’ was an embarrassment to Nigerians.

“We can do that here with impunity, without any repercussion but you don’t do that in a sovereign nation.”

He dismissed claims that the arms deal could have been an arrangement treated as a black operation, saying that the government had some explaining to do.

“Shrouded In Obscurity”

“The truth about the issues has not been known. We know that 2015 is around corner and that the politicians would be looking for means to secure funds for the election.

“The fact is that people will raise eyebrow about whether the money was actually appropriated for.

“Where was the money taken from? There are so many things that are wrong about it and that is why people do not believe that the money was for arms,” he said, insisting that there is more to the transaction “shrouded in obscurity”.

On whether the issue would affect the bilateral relationship between Nigeria and South Africa, Mr Adegbulu explained that bilateral relationship between two countries was a give and take affair, insisting, however, that moving such funds into South Africa without proper arrangement and prior-knowledge undermined its sovereignty.

“It will not call for serious friction between both countries, considering the trades relations between both countries.

“But, releasing the fund back to Nigeria depends on the diplomacy that Nigeria will employ in handling the issue.

“Nigeria can employ all kinds of diplomacy to get the money back because it belongs to us,” he said.

According to him, another reason for Nigerians to speculate about the true purpose of the funds was the fact that a cordial relationship had existed between the owner of the private aircraft that was used in transporting the money to South Africa and the President, Goodluck Jonathan.

He further said that the in some cases such deals, if true, are kept top secret, but pointed out that the rivalry between Nigeria and South Africa could make the South African government want to decimate Nigeria by making open the arms deal.

Boko Haram Members Are Not Illiterates, They Are Strategists- Femi Adegbulu

Femi_AdegbuluA security consultant, Mr Femi Adegbulu, on Thursday described members of the dreaded Islamist sect Boko Haram as strategists, warning that “gone are the days where we thought they are a bunch of illiterates”.

“The kind of sophistication with which they carry out their mayhem is gone past what ordinary artisan can attempt”, he said.

Mr Adegbulu also attributed their sophistication to “foreign training and indoctrination” adding that “we know Boko Haram is a franchise of al-Qaeda”.

He, however, noted that there are moles in the government that furnish the insurgents with counter insurgency plans of the government, which has also helped the insurgents to counter the response to attacks in the country.

“We know there are moles; we have said this, time and time again, otherwise we will not be seeing the counter–intelligence. So before they carry out a particular counter-terrorism measure, the Boko Haram has gone a step further” he added.

He said the insurgents don’t want to only wage a war against the Federal Government but are out to make a statement in the number of casualties recorded during their attacks.

“They just want to leave maximum impact even if they will die so that the society will know they have the capability to carry out such attacks” he said, warning that “when they see a particular state or locality has let off their guard a little, they penetrate”.

He urged security agents to search “everybody no matter who they are” before gaining entry into any public place in the country and blamed the recent bombings in Kano on the failure of “public awareness”.

He also called on security agents guarding public places to always search vehicles that park within their premises to avoid a situation of abandoned vehicles that might be filled with bombs billed to explode at a particular time.

Nigerian Military Has Been Disempowered To Perform-Security Expert

femi adegbuluA Security Consultant, Femi Adegbulu, says that the military has been disempowered to do what they are trained to do, in fighting terrorism and not “that they are not capable”

He said that the international community had promised to support Nigeria with the belief that Nigeria would provide the needed leadership. “If we are to provide leadership and the people that are supposed to provide leadership do not have what it takes to be leaders then we have problems.  That is what has been observed by the international troops which is making them “slide”.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Adegbulu cautioned Nigerians not to pressurise the military into doing something that is unprofessional.

Referring to the statement made by the military that the abducted Chibok girls have been sighted, he stated that such information leak may lead to relocation of the girls. “The military should not forget that these insurgents have access to the internet, sometimes they even have more equipment than we have,” he stressed.

Mr Adegbolu added that there had been conflicting reports by the military about the insurgents, “today we hear that the leader of the sect is dead, tomorrow we hear that they have released some girls or they have sighted the girls, all these reports are just conflicting.

“The earlier we accept that Nigeria is at war the easier it will be for us to tackle the insurgency.”

He advised that the government should look inwards that there might be people behind the attacks.

Security Agents Are Doing Well But Yet To Reach ‘Eldorado’ – Analyst

Security Consultant and Public Affairs Analyst, Femi Adegbulu on Wednesday said although there have been improvements in the security measures against terrorism, as there were no records of “any major upsurge of insurgents” towards the end of 2013, the nation is yet to reach its ‘Eldorado’.  

He also mentioned that every attack by the insurgents gives the government the upper hand as it gathers more intelligence on the methods of the terrorists. “With each of the attacks, Federal Government gets wiser,” he said.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Adegbulu commended the efforts of the security agents in combating the Boko Haram menace adding that the peaceful Christmas and New Year celebration shows that “the security apparatus of the government is actually working and that they have improved on their intelligence gathering.”

While analysing the security situation in the country, he stressed that the terrorists have strong financial backing from persons or groups internationally which “is making the job of security very difficult indeed, because we have to match this force with force,” he said.

He added that “we really need to match them force with force with money, men, strategy and everything” and assured that the government will always have the upper hand against terrorists as long as it has the necessary political will to do so.

On the controversy surrounding the Apo killings, he said the confession of a Boko Haram suspect confirmed that the SSS was well aware of its mission in storming the hide-out. Adegbulu advocated that credit be given to the security forces as a way of encouraging them.

On the government’s claim that terrorists from neighbouring countries attack and flee, Adegbulu said it shows the porosity of Nigerian borders. He called on members of the relevant agencies in charge of the borders to carry out target hardening or tightening, which means to make it impossible or difficult for malevolent individuals to gain entrance into the country.

The government will also need to deploy resources to that effect and collaborate with the countries as issue can lead to “diplomatic faux pas”. On relationship and exchange of intelligence between the country and neighbouring nations, he said it is a move still in the process.

 

Lawyers Have Confused Nigerians On National Conference – Adegbulu

An Associate Professor of Diplomatic History at the Redeemer’s University, Femi Adegbulu, on Friday stated that lawyers, who have contributed to the debate on the need for a National Dialogue, have confused the general populace by what he termed ‘intellectual dishonesty’.

Speaking on Sunrise Daily, Adegbulu gave his perspective on the on-going debate revolving around the proposed National Conference. Lawyers, according to him, “have problematised the whole issue to the extent that many Nigerians are now confused as to what intention of the President is,” he said.

Although stakeholders agree that the Conference should be sovereign, lawyers who have aired their views on Sunrise Daily have given different definitions as to what sovereignty is.

According to Adegbulu, “there are two basic types of sovereignty.”

Popular sovereignty resides with the people and these people confer sovereignty to those they elect including the president, governors and the law makers.

The president, governors and lawmakers enjoy legal sovereignty “but we the people still retain the popular sovereignty which is superior to legal sovereignty,” he said.

He continued by saying the people can withdraw the sovereignty they bestowed on elected officers which is why there is a ‘recall’ in the constitution.

On President Goodluck Jonathan’s order that the recommendations on the conference would be subjected to the authorisation of the National Assembly, Mr Adegbulu opined that it became evident that the whole procedure would be another ‘jamboree.’

He also submitted that the recommendations on the National Conference should only be handed over to the NASS for inclusion into the constitution and not for debate.

People are clamouring for the Conference because they have been shortchanged and those elected into power are not functioning as they should and if the proposed National Conference is not sovereign, “it would remove the subliminal content and the sacrosanctity of the people’s will”.

The call for the Conference is a call for a people oriented constitution, he said.

Boko Haram: Expert Advocates Justice Not Amnesty

A security consultant and a lecturer at the Redeemers University, Femi Adegbulu on Thursday said the government must muster strong political will backed with decisiveness in stamping out militant insurgency in Northern Nigeria.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Adegbulu said advocating amnesty for members of the extremist group, Boko Haram is “an insult on the common sense of those who have lost their children, their wives, fathers and mothers.”

The Sultan of Sokoto, Mohammad Saad Abubakar had urged President Goodluck Jonathan to declare amnesty for the members of Boko Haram, as part of the measures to halt the insurgency by the group.

Boko Haram: Don Says Jonathan’s Visit To Borno Unnecessary

A security consultant and a lecturer at the Redeemers University, Femi Adegbulu on Thursday said President Goodluck Jonathan can solve the militant insurgency in Northern Nigeria without having to leave his office in Abuja.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Adegbulu said as the Commander-In-Chief of Nigeria’s armed forces, a single command from Abuja is all that is needed for peace to be restored in the troubled states.

“The president does not really need to leave the seat of governance in Aso Rock to go to a particular state with a view to addressing a problem. He is the Commander-In-Chief, his word alone carries a lot of weight,” he said.

President Jonathan will today begin a two-day visit to crisis-torn Borno and Yobe states, the first time he would be making such visit since the 2011 presidential election campaign.

The visit follows last Thursday’s presence in Maiduguri of opposition state governors under the platform of the newly formed All Progressive Congress (APC).

Critics have accused the president of failing to visit the epicentre of Boko Haram terrorist activities, which have led to the death of many people and destruction of property worth millions of naira.

Boko Haram: Analyst Says Gap Between Rich And Poor Induces Criminality

A diplomacy and security analyst, Femi Adegbulu has identified the increasing gap between the rich and the poor in Nigeria as a great inducement of criminality in the country.

Mr Adegbulu, who disclosed this on Monday while speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, advised the Federal Government to deal with the issues of corruption, unemployment and poverty in Nigeria as the sustainable way of solving insurgencies in the country.

He said, “You see an individual, who has stolen the whole community dry, who has mortgage the future of his own people and he is given a slap in the wrist. No deterrent. People who are not in that position will be gearing up to get there so that they can also steal with impunity.

“Until we deal with the culture of impunity in the country, there can be no end to the Boko Haram thing; there can be no end to kidnapping; there can be no end to ritual murder; there can be no end to all these criminalities we see.”

Capital punishment for terrorism will deter terrorist – Security expert

Looking at the security situation in Nigeria, a Security Expert, Femi Adegbulu, said advocating the suggestion of Senate President David Mark will deter people from breaking the laws of the country.

Recommending capital punishment for terrorism crime was proposed to be passed into law by the Senate President last week and this has generated heated debates amongst Nigerians.

2013 Budget: The Legislative has the power to set expenditure limit

Adetunji Ogunyemi, an Economist historian with the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) has stated that the executive arm of government does not have the right to usurp the decision of the legislature in setting the expenditure limit of the budget.

Mr Ogunyemi who was a guest on our breakfast show Sunrise Daily further stated that what the executive is proposing for the benchmark is questionable.

Security Situation in Nigeria:We don’t learn from history – Adegbulu

Casting our minds back to last year’s Channels Forum where the main agenda was Nigeria’s Security Situation.

Suggestions and solutions to the security situation in country which as of then became a cause for worry for every Nigerian citizen were reeled out by prominent Nigerians and security experts in October.

Femi Adegbulu a security consultant, security analyst and Associate Professor who has some research work on security matters joined Sunrise Daily this morning to discuss the lingering security situation in country.

Femi Adegbulu who was also a partaker in Channels TV’s Channels Forum last year highlighted some points in his paper he presented on that day said we as Nigerians don’t learn from history and it is at this point very pitiable as it is has affected every sector in Nigeria.

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Education sector needs surgical operation – Femi Adegbulu

Femi Adegbulu, a lecturer and social professor from the Redeemers’ University said on the issue of fallen standard of education that everyone knows that the educational system is sick and it needs real surgical operation as almost everybody is affected.

Adegbulu said the issue is a concentric one.