Poor funding of Army worsens insecurity in Nigeria - Buratai

Poor funding of Army worsens insecurity in Nigeria - Buratai

- Poor funding has remained a major challenge of the soldiers since the transition to civil rule in 1999, the Nigerian Army has said

- Speaking about the 2019 budget defence engagement with the house committee on Army, Buratai said the Army has budgeted N472.8 billion

- According to the Army chief, a large percentage of the budget would be used for counter-insurgency in the northeast and to tackle other forms of insecurity in the country

Nigerian Army on Wednesday, April 3, attributed the worsening insecurity in the country to poor funding of the Army and other security agencies.

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, made this known Abuja during the 2019 budget defence engagement with the house committee on Army.

Daily Trust reports that Buratai said the Army has earmarked N472.8 billion to cover its expenditure for the 2019 fiscal year.

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The general said a large chunk of the budget would be utilized for counter-insurgency efforts in the northeast and to tackle other forms of insecurity in the country.

The Army boss further informed the lawmakers that the performance of Army’s 2018 budget was 100 percent, but reiterated that funding has remained a major constraint.

"Poor funding has remained a major challenge of the Nigeria Army, especially since the transition to civil rule in 1999.

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“In the 2019 fiscal year, the Army has budgeted N472.8 billion, a large percentage of which would be used for counter-insurgency in the northeast and to tackle other forms of insecurity in the country," he said.

In response, the lawmakers urged the Army to embrace new methods of counter-insurgency, with emphasis on intelligence gathering.

Recall that Legit.ng reported that the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has been petitioned by no fewer than 26 senior military officers over compulsory retirement from the Nigerian Army.

The officers, which include a former major general and 10 retired brigadier generals, are seeking the intervention of the House to set aside their retirement.

The officers said as regular combatant officers, they cannot be retired from the army based on Rule 020810 (I) which the military secretary relied on to sack them from service.

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