With Boko Haram still on rampage in the North-East region of Nigeria, the Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai has said that the Nigerian Army is yet to receive the 1billion dollars approved by President Buhari in April 2018.
While speaking to newsmen in Maiduguri he said; “you know the process of funding is another major issue. The bureaucracy and so on is (are) another issue. Approvals are given but before you really get the money out is another challenge.”
“So, the people are talking or the media have been talking of $1 billion that has been approved but I tell you up till today, the fund that is supposed to come from that amount to the army in particular, is still in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) also quoted the Army Chief as saying; “The Ministry of Defence is yet to access the fund. When the ministry gets the fund, they will get the right equipment for us as proposed.’’
The Presidency has also been silent on this issue. However, in an email response by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity to the Guardian Newspaper, he said; “Your question has already been answered by Army spokesman.”
Lt. Gen Buratai also cautioned against fake news especially after the attack on 157 Task Force Battalion with the many figures of casualties placed at above 100. The Army still maintains that only 23 casualties were sustained.
“The figure so far has been 23, even if it is one, it is unfortunate. But to go out of the reality, to continue to spread false information is really unfortunate,” he said. He added that the military was working against fake news through its Cyber Warfare Command.
A military officer also spoke to the Guardian regarding an attack in Buni/Gari community military where two soldiers were killed last weekend.
He asked to be anonymous, “ We were caught unawares when the insurgents burst into our base along Damaturu-Biu road amid sporadic gunshots.
“By the time we could respond, the terrorists set our Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) and base ablaze before being pursued with a fighter jet and a helicopter gunship.”
Credit: Guardian News