The Nigerian army says it is yet to get $1 billion approved to fight insurgency and other security challenges in the country.
Recall that the national economic council (NEC) in 2017 approved the request of the current administration to withdraw $1bn from the excess crude account (ECA) for the fight against insurgency.
Bu army spokesman, Brig Gen Sani Usman, said in a Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), news programme that the money is still being processed.
“People should understand also that this is a democratic system in which procurement and of course funding of defense related issues takes such a long time,” he said.
“Take for instance the issue of the $1 billion approved recently by Mr. President, up till now the process is ongoing. The ministry of defense is still pursuing the matter to the point that when it is done, the armed forces will definitely get more equipment, more arms and ammunition.”
Usman, however, added that at the moment, what the armed forces have and what have been procured over the last two to three years is being used judiciously.
He expressed sadness over the recent killings of troops in Borno State by a faction of Boko Haram, and said legal action would be taken on those fabricating figures around the casualties.
“So sad and unfortunate that our troops came under enemy attack on the 18th of last month and we suffered causality as we mentioned. Sadly, we lost 23 gallant officers and men and of course some of them sustained injuries,” he said.
“In respect of the effort, we are trying as much as possible to make sure that first and foremost we give timely and accurate information on all our activities and operations bearing national security concern.
“And then secondly, we have gone a notch further to identify where those fake news and fabricated stories are coming from, and definitely our legal department is taking step to make sure that all those involved would be taken to court.”