Following the continued wave of terror attacks across Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the release of additional funds for the purchase of military hardware.
This piece of information was disclosed by the Minister of State for Defence, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro, while on inspection tour of Navy formations and facilities in Rivers State, on Thursday, 17 July, 2014.
The minister informed that the purchase of the hardware would boost the capacity of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the fight against terrorism.
“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,” Obanikoro stated.
He added that the Nigerian military had shown resilience in spite of operational challenges, saying that the President was determined to provide more support.
The former Nigerian ambassador in Ghana called on Nigerians to support and corporate with the military in its bid to end security challenges confronting the nation.
It would be recalled that Jonathan asked the National Assembly, for approval of a loan of one billion dollars (N162bn) to fund military operations in the country.
Islamists terror group, Boko Haram, has claimed responsibility for terror attacks in Nigeria and a report released recently by the United Nations, UN, stated that over 4,000 people have been killed in Nigeria as a result of Boko Haram attacks since 2009.
The militant group and its leader, Abubakar Shekau were blacklisted by the UN in June.