The Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro,
on Thursday said that President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the release of additional funds for the purchase of military hardware, Obanikoro said while on an inspection tour of Navy formations and facilities in Rivers State that the purchase of the hardware would boost the capacity of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the fight against terror.
He said: “President Goodluck Jonathan is committed to
enhancing our military efficiency and capacity to deliver in the
fight against insurgency.
“In the fight against terrorism, the President has approved huge
acquisitions to build up the capacity of our military.
“And this has not been done in the last 25 years.
“These are efforts that are highly commendable and we should
continue to encourage and support government to do more in
the fight against insurgency.
“The fight against terrorism is not all about the President.
“It is not about you and me.
“It is about all of us (Nigerians) and it is a war that we can
only win if we stand together.
“Without sounding immodest, I commend the commitment,
dedication and the sacrifices they (military personnel) have
been making and made in the past.”
Obanikoro said that the military had shown resilience in spite
of operational challenges, adding that President Jonathanwas
determined to provide more support.
He called on Nigerians to support and cooperate with the
military in its bid to end security challenges confronting the
President Jonathan had in a letter addressed to the National
Assembly sought approval for a $1 billion loan to fund military
operations in the country.