Akeem Adeyemi, a member of the House of Representatives has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to negotiate the release of Chibok girls abducted by the Boko Haram sect.
In an interview with Premium Times, Adeyemi who represents Afijio/Atiba/Oyo East/Oyo West Federal Constituency, emphasised that it is pertinent to rescue the girls more than a year after they were abducted.
“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.
President Buhari, during an interview with the CNN on July 21, expressed willingness to negotiate with Boko Haram for the release of the girls.
Adeyemi also urged Buhari’s government to ensure abandoned projects are implemented before initiating new ones.
He made refrence to 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.
Given Buahri’s antecedent, Adeyemi said legislators would not collect inducements from government’s ministries and departments because what used to be juicy under former president Goodluck Jonathan may not be juicy under Buhari.
On appointments of ministers by the president, Adeyemi urged Nigerians to be patient
“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.
In another development, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the Director-General, State Security Services (SSS), Mr. Lawal Daura, is using his office to witch hunt members of the opposition. The national publicity secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, stated this at a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday.