By Sumaila Ogbaje
The Chief of Staff of the Army, Lieutenant General. Ibrahim Attahiru, requested the support of the Senate to secure adequate funding for the Nigerian military so that it can effectively carry out its constitutional roles and defeat all security threats.
Attahiru made the call when members of the Senate Army Committee, headed by its chairman, Senator Ali Ndume, paid a surveillance visit to the army headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said the courtesy visit was timely, adding that it gave them the opportunity to interact and discuss issues that would impact the funding of the military’s activities and operations.
Nigeria faces many security challenges, he said, including insurgency in the northeast, banditry in the northwest and part of the north-central.
He said this also included secessionist unrest in the geopolitical areas of the Southeast and South-South of the country.
“To curb and ultimately defeat these threats, the Nigerian military needs equipment, weapons, armored fighting vehicles, platforms and various combat enablers.
“I urgently urge you to take these critical needs into account when legislating and sourcing funds.
“I count on your support so that we can effectively fulfill our constitutional roles and overcome all our threats,” he said.
Attahiru gave assurances that the Nigerian army under his leadership would remain apolitical and committed to protecting democracy and good governance in Nigeria.
Speaking, Ndume said the purpose of the visit was to fully understand the problems and needs of the Nigerian military and find a way to address them.
He said the Nigerian military had daunting tasks to mitigate the various security challenges facing the country, adding that the National Assembly stood ready to provide the necessary legislative support.
He said department heads were given assurances that they would do their best to meet the expectations of Nigerians by tackling current security concerns.
According to him, the main thing is that they must receive what they need to carry out the mission and it is money, material, personnel that translates into money.
“This is why we call on the government to give the Nigerian military the support and tools necessary to carry out the long-awaited mandate.
“Fortunately, we understand that the supplementary budget will be submitted to the National Assembly to address some of the shortcomings and shortcomings that we found in the 2021 budget.
“And, knowing the new security challenges we are facing in various regions, we pledge that the National Assembly will provide all the necessary support to the Nigerian army.
“Especially when it comes to the question of the budget or the supplementary estimates that are submitted to us,” he said. (NOPE)
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