Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru, is seeking the approval of the senate to improve funding for the military to purchase equipment and weapons.
The Chief of Army said the growing insecurity challenges should be tackled with various combat enablers to effectively curb the threat.
Attahiru, said this on Wednesday while receiving the senate committee on the army in his office in Abuja.
He emphasized the necessity to support the course, noting that Nigeria is marred by several conflicts and violent attacks.
“To curb and finally defeat these threats, the Nigerian army requires equipment, weapons, armor fighting vehicles, platforms, and various combat enablers.
“I urge you to, as a matter of urgency, consider these critical needs as you legislate and appropriate funds.
“I will be counting on your support so that we can efficiently perform our constitutional roles and defeat all our threats,” he said.
Attahiru also affirmed to the legislators that the army, will maintain an apolitical stand and remain committed to the protection of democracy and good governance in Nigeria under his leadership.
Responding to the request, the Chairman of the committee, Ali Ndume, said the national assembly is willing to support, citing that the army has the daunting task of mitigating the various security challenges confronting the country.
“That is why we are calling on the government to give the Nigerian army the necessary support and tools to execute the mandate that is highly expected.
“Fortunately, we understand that the supplementary budget will be laid before the national assembly to take care of some of the loopholes and lapses that we saw in the 2021 budget.
“Knowing the new security challenges that we are facing in various regions, we are pledging that the national assembly will give all the necessary support to the Nigerian army; especially, when it comes to the issue of budget or supplementary budget that is coming before us,” he said.
Insecurity has been one of the most threatening and complex issues in Nigeria, particularly in the last decade as multiple conflicts continue to expose citizens to the risk of getting killed or displaced.
An Expat Insider Survey named Nigeria as one of the world’s most dangerous places to live or work in.
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