A legal practitioner, Dr Kayode Ajulo, while praising the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) over his Independence Day broadcast to the nation has urged Buhari to name all sponsors of terrorism in Nigeria.
Ajulo further asked the president to deal with the terrorism financiers decisively.
The president in his broadcast on Nigeria’s independence at 61 on Friday, said, ”The recent arrests of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Adeyemo (Ighogho), and the ongoing investigations being conducted, reveals certain high-profile financiers are behind these individuals.
“We are vigorously pursuing these financiers including one identified as a serving member of the national assembly.”
In a swift reaction, Ajulo, a former National Secretary of the Labour Party said that it had become imperative that sponsors of insecurity in our midst must be specifically identified.
He said the sponsors should be named, apprehended and made to face the full weight of the law.
The former LP chieftain also urged Nigerians to support the president in tackling security challenges nationwide.
“We need to name and deal with them accordingly within the ambit of the law. Since the inception of this administration, the citizenry has been assured of the government’s utmost attention to security, which the Federal Government has vigorously pursued. We need to be reassured, hence, the need to name and deal with terrorism sponsors accordingly,” he said.
Ajulo’s call comes shortly after the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, stated that the regime of his principal, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is not interested in naming or shaming Boko Haram sponsors and other financiers of terrorism in the country.
Adesina said, “Nigeria is not interested in naming and shaming anybody, rather it wants to bring them to justice.”
Ajulo said that the security agencies must be assisted by all to dominate the nation’s security space against invasion by terrorists and other criminals.
Reacting to the president’s pledge to expand opportunities for more youths, Ajulo said, “It is also expected that youths must be engaged as there lies the present and future of the nation. Youth interventions should be all-encompassing and a holistic engagement is urged, as a solution to Nigeria’s security and economic challenges.”
The president in his broadcast said: “The youths of this great country remain propellants for our today and provide guarantees that we will have a secure tomorrow.
“It is for this reason that I remain focused on expanding opportunities for their participation in politics and governance.