Babajimi Benson, chairman, House of Representatives committee on Defence, has suggested that there is a possibility of foreign powers arming Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists in the country.
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Benson stated this while responding to questions from Journalists on the outcome of a closed door meeting the house Joint committee on Navy, Army, Defence, Police Affairs and Air Force, and Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house, had with the service chiefs at the National Assembly complex, Abuja, on Wednesday.
The lawmaker from Lagos State, in his response to a possibility of external support said, “the allegation that foreign powers were arming the insurgents in a bid to destabilise the country were discussed in the closed meeting.”
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Adding that, “Yes, like I said, that is part of the things we discussed. There could be some truth in that.”
“Military issues are not things we should discuss in public but they raised a lot of issues that we must all sit down as Nigerians and discuss.
“One of them is that there is probably an international dimension to what we see. There is ISIS, there is ISWAP. These are things that we need to discuss in a very classified manner.” Benson said.
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The meeting took place one week after the house asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the service chiefs.
The lawmaker also spoke about the call for the sack of the military chiefs, saying, “It is not a U-turn but the most important thing that Nigerians want is the security of their lives and for their properties to be protected.”