Since the National Economic Council approved the disbursement of %1 billion from the Excess Crude Account to tackle insurgency and other security issues, Nigerians have questioned why that huge amount of money has been voted for the fight against insurgents in northeast Nigeria.

Even lawmakers that are from other parts of Nigeria that are not having serious security issues have asked for derivation to be paid to them from the money.

If you have ever wondered where that money will go, here is part of what it would be used for.

On Saturday, the Chief of Army Staff Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Nigerian Army, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, gave a hint on what the military will acquire with part of the money it would receive.


“With the approval of the sum of $1 Billion by the National Economic Council to the military, very soon the Nigerian Army would have more Mine Resistance and Ambush Protected (MRAPs) vehicles Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) and other equipment injected into the theatre,” the Army Chief said while addressing troops during an operational visit to troops' locations in the northeast.

Army Chief Tukur Buratai visits troops in borno
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and troops

Buratai met with troops of the Operation LAFIYA DOLE in Bitta and also interacted with the troops along with the elements of Cameroonian Defence Forces in the area.

He thanked the Cameroonian Defence Forces for their efforts and support and urged them to continue to operate along with their Nigerian counterparts to attain the desired result which is total clearance of Boko Haram terrorists wherever they might be hibernating.

On the heightened counter-terrorism operations in the northeast, Lieutenant General Buratai asked the troops to maintain the pressure on the fleeing terrorists wherever they run to.

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Army Chief Tukur Buratai visits troops in borno

“You must maintain this momentum and justify the confidence reposed in you by Nigerians”.

The Chief of Army Staff further stated that the Nigerian Army is expecting a number of equipment which the Federal Government is procuring for the military.

A statement by the spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman said Buratai visited several military formations in the area and also told the troops that the Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari was very proud of their exploits.