- The minister of defence, Bashir Magashi, has said Nigeria’s military is understaffed
- Magashi made the statement on Wednesday, June 3, when he emerged from the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting
- The minister said the security challenges facing Nigeria were disused at the meeting
The minister of defence, Bashir Magashi, has said Nigeria’s military is understaffed and underfunded to tackle the various security challenges facing the country.
Magashi made the statement on Wednesday, June 3, when he emerged from the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, Premium Times reports.
The minister stated that the challenges facing the military, including the inadequate funding for the ministry of defence among others were highlighted at the meeting.
He stated that the members of the council made contributions to the discussion.
Magashi also stated that there will be a change in the conduct of affairs in the ministry of defence.
Meanwhile, Nigeria's military authority has been urged to recruit additional 100,000 soldiers. The call was made by the House of Representatives.
According to the House, this will make up for the shortfall in manpower that has overstretched the military in its fight against insecurity in the country.
The call was part of a recommendation by the House Committee on Army.
The house urged the Army to recall retired officers and men and keep them on reserve for use when needed, Daily Trust reports.
This, however, should be based on the condition that they are physically fit and not above 50 years of age, chairman, House Committee on Army, Abdulrazak Namdaz who presented the report before the House said.
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In another report, Nigeria's Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadiq, has renewed the loyalty and support of the Nigerian Air force to President Muhammadu Buhari.
He gave the assurance at the Chief of the Air Force Eid-el-Fitr luncheon.
The luncheon was organised with troops in the North East in Yola.
Sadiq was represented by Air Commodore Muhammed Yusuf, Commander 153 Base Services Group, Yola.
He also said that the get together was a tradition to bring the Air personnel in the region together. Going further, he said that the Nigeria Air Force is committed to ensuring the country is safe and people can go to their normal activities.