Boko Haram: Jonathan approves ‘huge acquisitions’ for Nigerian military – Obanikoro

Minister urged Nigerians to be involved in the fight against terrorism.

President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the release of additional funds for the purchase of military hardware.

This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, on Thursday.

Mr. Obanikoro, who was on an inspection tour of Navy formations and facilities in Rivers, said that the purchase of the hardware would boost the capacity of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the fight against terror.

“President Goodluck Jonathan is committed to enhancing our military efficiency and capacity to deliver in the fight against insurgency. In the fight against terrorism; the President has approved huge acquisitions to build up the capacity of our military and this has not been done in the last 25 years. These are efforts that are highly commendable and we should continue to encourage and support government to do more in the fight against insurgency.

“The fight against terrorism is not all about the President – it is not about you and me – it is about all of us (Nigerians); and it is a war that we can only win if we stand together. Without sounding immodest, I commend the commitment, dedication and the sacrifices they (military personnel) have been making and made in the past,” he said.

Mr. Obanikoro said that the military had shown resilience in spite of operational challenges, adding that the President was determined to provide more support.

He called on Nigerians to support and corporate with the military in its bid to end the security challenges confronting the nation.

The Nigerian military has been described as ill-equipped to tame the spread of the Boko Haram whose insurgency has led to the death of over 13,000 people since 2009.

President Jonathan in a letter addressed to the National Assembly, sought approval of a loan of $1billion to fund military operations in the country.


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