President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of $1 billion for the purchase of arms to aid in the fight against Boko Haram insurgency.
The Cable reports that the minister of defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, disclosed this on Wednesday, April 4, following a security meeting with the president. He said they reviewed the security situation of the country before te president gave his approval for more equipment to be purchased.
The minister said: “I can inform you that of recent, our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, gave approval for the purchase of more equipment for the military, worth $1 billion. “This is a normal meeting of security agencies in the country. As usual, we discussed the current activities that affected most of the states in the federation like Taraba, Zamfara and other states. “We have operationalised a division in Sokoto, there will be a brigade in Katsina and another brigade in Zamfara that will take care of security situation in that area. “The strength of security personnel has increased, including the Air Force additional quick response group, they have added enough manpower in that area.”
On Leah Sharibu who has not been released by the dreaded insurgency group, the minister said: “Well, we are making all available efforts to see that the girl is returned safely.”
It had been reported that the presidency announced that there will be no weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC). According to the report, the president is to meet with the service chiefs on Wednesday, April 4.
The reason the president is meeting with the service chiefs is not yet known. Nigerian Tribune reported that there could be an emergency reason since routine security council meetings are usually held on Mondays.