A member of the House of Representatives, Akeem Adeyemi, on Wednesday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to negotiate with Boko Haram for the release of the abducted Chibok girls.
Mr. Buhari, during an interview with the CNN on July 21, expressed willingness to negotiate with Boko Haram for the release of the girls.
In an interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Mr. Adeyemi, who represents Afijio/Atiba/Oyo East/Oyo West Federal Constituency, stressed the importance of saving the lives of the school girls abducted by Boko Haram more than a year ago.
The legislator however advocates that federal government should only negotiate the freedom of the girls.
“However, if it is about the Chibok girls, I support negotiating with Boko Haram. Life is precious. Anything that will bring the girls back is in order.
“Outside that, we should not negotiate with them. By the way who are we negotiating with? They have no agenda; nothing! They say they are anti book, yet they kill uneducated farmers. They say they are muslims, yet they kill Rasheeds and Ibrahims innocently selling goods at markets in the North East.
“Meanwhile, with Buhari who has deep background in military and security, I believe we will soon end them (Boko Haram). We also have to block corruption in the military,” the lawmaker said.
Mr. Adeyemi also urged the Federal Government to attend to the issue of abandoned projects scattered across the country, instead of initiating new ones.
He said one of the projects deserving attention is Oyo-Ogbomoso-Ilorin expressway, which was commissioned in 2000.
“It affects my constituency. And it’s the road that links the South with the North; so you know it’s important to the national unity and economy. I urge the Federal Government to complete project,” he said.
On the report that legislators have begun lobbying for “juicy” committees, he clarified that, “what used to be juicy under former president Goodluck Jonathan may not be juicy under Buhari” as they (legislators) would not collect inducements from government’s ministries and departments.
On the seeming delay by Mr. Buhari in the constitution of Federal Executive Council, the lawmaker backed the president, saying institutional reform and laying proper foundation before appointing ministers are essential.
“Nigerians, especially politicians are funny. Because you want to become minister or want your people to be appointed ministers, you start sponsoring people to be making noise in order to compel or force the President to appoint ministers.
“With 16 years of PDP without interruption, you can’t appoint ministers without proper foundation unless you want continuity of misrule or putting round peg in square hole. It’s not done.
“He (Buhari) said he would name his cabinet in September. Let’s wait for him. Mind you, he is working on the Joda committee report which even recommended pruning of ministries and number of ministers to the constitutionally allowed minimum so as to stop wastage,” he said.