FG Gives Nigerian Army N300B

Honorable Bashir Adamu, a member representing (PDP, Jigawa), who is also the Chairman; House Committee on Defence, on Thursday revealed that the sum of N300 billion has been given to the Nigerian Army.

According to ThisDay, Adamu revealed that the money was a paltry payment out of the N1 trillion stated in the budget.

The lawmaker urged the Federal Government to release more funds to the military following the security challenge being experienced in the country, to enable it confront insurgency head on.

Adamu, said they would meet the president on the matter to discuss it extensively in order to find lasting peace to the issues in the North-East.

In another development, Senator Sani Saleh, who is also a member of the Senate Committee on Defence, while condemning the military inability to effectively combat terrorism insisted that the situation in the North-east was deteriorating, and reiterated the need to permanently put an end to it.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian military has been complaining of poor funding, which allegedly resulted to inadequate weapons for personnel to fight the terrorist group, Boko Haram. It would be recalled that on August 20, 2014, BBC reported that Nigerian soldiers stated that they were no longer willing to risk their lives in the fight against Boko Haram until they are provided with better and more sophisticated equipments.

The terrorist which has been constituting nuisance in the northern part of the country was also reported to have chased about 480 Nigerian soldiers into Cameroon after heavy gun battle, a development the Nigerian army authorities later described as “tactical maneuver”. In May 2014, over 300 people were killed by Boko Haram in Gamboru Ngala following the slow response from the Nigerian military.

Despite these barbaric attacks from the sect, the Nigerian Chief of Staff, Lt-Gen. Kenneth Minimah assured Nigerians that the military was going launch a massive attack on the terrorists across Nigeria.


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