MAY 23, 2014 BY JOHN AMEH AND RAMON OLADIMEJI WITH AGENCY REPORT
United States Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights, Sarah Sewall
The United States Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights, Sarah Sewall, has said that corruption is hindering Nigeria’s efforts at ending insurgency in the North-East.
Sewall, who appeared before a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday, alongside a Pentagon top Africa official, Amanda Dory, added that the military must overcome entrenched corruption and incompetence for it to rescue the over 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram on April 14.
She said that despite Nigeria’s $5.8bn security budget for 2014, “corruption prevents supplies as basic as bullets and transport vehicles from reaching the front lines of the struggle against Boko Haram.”
Sewall, according to the New York Times, also told the committee that morale was low and that desertions were common among soldiers in the 7th Army Division fighting the insurgents.
She sidestepped a question from one lawmaker asking for an update on the abducted girls’ location and welfare, saying, “Given time, I am hopeful that we will make progress.”
Sewall had on May 13 clarified the level of involvement of US personnel in the rescue of the abducted girls, saying it would not be combative.
She told select journalists in Abuja that it was up to Nigeria to accept or reject the prisoners exchange offer made by Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.
Nobody is disputing that corruption has slowed virtually every sector of Nigeria development, reason being the endemic nature of this ugly cancer in Nigeria from families, schools, religious institutions, academias, media, politicians, businessmen, professionals, government and to general public.
The question in our minds at the very moment is; where are our girls you told us you have the magic/intelligence to locate and wherewithal to rescue?
It seems US is preoccupied with insulting our Military and the Government as a means of covering their failures and deceit for gaining entrance into Nigeria airspace.
Three weeks have gone and nothing tangible from the most sophisticated military in the world.
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