The Federal Government has described the criticisms trailing the approval of one billion dollars for the fight against insurgency and other violent crimes in the country as unnecessary and unhelpful.
The Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, expressed this position at a news conference in Lagos.
He said the Nigerian Governor’s Forum acted wisely in approving the fund from the Excess Crude Account based on the need to properly fund security operations in the country to adequately respond to threats by Boko Haram and other criminals.
Aljaji Mohammed pointed out that the approved fund was not to fight Boko Haram in the North East alone but also to tackle kidnapping, cattle rustling , oil bunkering and other crimes.
The minister said that it was wrong to sacrifice the issue of security on the altar of politics, pointing out that opponents of the fund were taking politics too far.