National Assembly member slams Nigerian military for sending false information about Boko Haram
A lawmaker and member of Nigeria's National Assembly claims information coming from the Nigerian military about Boko Haram is false.
Adamu Kamale, a member of the House of Representatives in the north-west African nation said Boko Haram militants are still very powerful and the reality of the situation is far worse than the information the military gives to the Nigerian government.
Kamale represents the Michika and Madagali areas in Adamawa state, which has come under attack by militants and some residents there have been abducted. He expressed in a statement of his concern for the safety of residents in his state.
“The military are always feeding Mr. President with the wrong information that things are normalizing; it’s not true," said Kamale.
"We are happy that Mr. President made a reference to the Boko Haram issue in his broadcast to the nation when he returned from his medical vacation to the United Kingdom."
In his speech to the nation, President Buhari spoke of stepping up the war against Boko Haram. But Kamale urged Buhari to follow through with his promise.
"In the past few days, over 10 lives and over 200 houses have been lost again," added Kamale. "The security reports he gets on these two local governments are not detailed. The situation here is worse than the reports he gets from the military.”
The National Assembly of Nigeria is body modeled after the U.S. Congress and is made up of a House of Representatives and a Senate. Based in the nation's capital Abuja, 109 are Senators and 360 are representatives. Representatives have law making responsibilities and their house is the lower level of Parliament.