A Nigerian, Dotun Oyetunde has donated the sum of N1 million to support the military’s fight against Boko Haram insurgency in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.
President Goodluck Jonathan, who received the donation on Tuesday, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, ahead of a closed door meeting of the Security Council commended the gesture and advised that the nation’s security forces should be appreciated. He described the attitude of politicians who politicize the ongoing war against terror as as reckless.
“We must continue to commend men of the Nigerian armed forces. A nation must honour men of its armed forces. All the nations that we emulate and build our democracy after do not insult their military.
“They must be appreciated and insulated from politics. I feel bad when leaders rope military into our day to day political activities. That is reckless. These men stay in the rain while we are under roofs. They stay awake for us to sleep well,” Jonathan said.
He applauded the support the military currently enjoys from Nigerians. He appealed to other Nigerians to emulate Oyetunde and others, who have been donating in cash and kind to members of the armed forces, advising that such assistance could be routed through the Chief of Defence Staff, National Security Adviser or the Minister of Defence.
Oyetunde, while speaking, said he and his wife were motivated to make the donation by the plight of members of the armed forces fighting Boko Haram insurgents.
He expressed surprise that people are criticising the troops while also seeing Boko Haram as a political issue, wondering whether the insurgents normally request for party affiliation before attacking their victims.
The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, who introduced Oyetunde, informed the President that other people had donated various items such as drugs, bags of rice and cartons of instant noodles among others to the military.