Rep wants FG to turn down offer of $1.8billion gun boats from US, Says it’s a ‘Greek gift’
The Chairman House of Representatives adhoc Committee on US/Nigerian Relations, Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma has warned the Federal Government not to accept 100 gunboats worth $1.8billion from the United States as it will further enhance commercialisation of the Nigerian Navy.
Agbonayinma who represents Ikpoba/Oha/Egor Federal Constituency in Edo state made this revelation yesterday in a chat a select group of journalsts.
The US trained Estate Strategist, described the gift of 100 “gunboats to the Nigerian Navy as a ‘Greek Gift’ that, “ will not in any way favour us as this is a bait that will make us look the other way and commercialise our waterways.
“If you commercialise our waterways you are already undermining our national security which is not negotiable in any part of the world as our sovereignty will be greatly threatened. He said
adding that “a man who sets a trap with a shark wants to catch a blue whale so when you are given a 100 gunboats for free don’t expect it to just remain same because we’ll pay through our nose later.
“Each of the gunboat is worth $98million amounting to $1.8bn for the 100 gunboats but the unknown consequences to Nigerians is that the investor would recoup his investment and Nigerians would lose billions of dollars worth of crude oil and LNG through the back door.
“For instance, we’ve been told we produce 2.2mbd but how do we measure this by using the meter produced by multinational companies to measure the quantity of crude purchased, calibrated and operated by same multinational companies and you expect accuracy, Agbonayinma wondered.
“If we commercialise our navy today, same scenario will play out as another cabal will emerge and our national security will be greatly affected as we’ll be leaving all our security operatives in the hands of foreigners and this could spell doom for us.
“All over the world, the armed forces are well funded by the Federal Government to avoid foreign influence.
Recall that Agbonayinma had last week Tuesday via a motion entitled: “Urgent need to stop the commercialisation of the Nigerian Military Defence (Navy) by foreign groups led by Shorefac Consortium Limited and some Nigerian cabals for the purpose of crude oil and liquefied natural gas diversion to global destination and undermining our national security.”
The House had resolved that the ministry of defence should foreclose any further negotiation on commercialization of the Nigerian Navy by foreign groups led by Shorefac Consortium Limited.