Buhari Approves $1bn Equipment For Military
The Nigerian government is leaving no stone upturned in its effort to decimate the dreaded Boko Haram sect.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday approved the purchase of equipment worth $1bn for the military.
The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, stated this at the end of the meeting Buhari had with security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.
“What I can add after all that I have said is to inform you that of recent, our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, gave approval for the purchase of more equipment for the military, worth $1bn,” the minister said.
Although Dan-Ali did not disclose the source of the money, the National Economic Council, chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, had in December 2017 approved the withdrawal of $1bn from the Excess Crude Account to fight insecurity.
The minister described the meeting with the President as a “normal meeting of security agencies in the country.”
He said issues concerning security situation in some states, including Taraba and Zamfara, were discussed.
He added that efforts are being intensified to secure the release of Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi schoolgirl still being held by Boko Haram.
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