Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has revealed that the Nigerian Military was yet to tackle insecurity challenges because of inadequate resources at its disposal.
This assertion by Lawan came just a few days after the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, had said that the Buhari administration overfunded Operation Lafiya Dole in the North-East.
According to Mrs Ahmed, the Buhari administration has been funding the military, adding that even special requests made to the President by the security agencies were funded 100 per cent.
However, in his statement before Senate plenary on Thursday, May 6, shortly before a closed-door session with the security chiefs, Lawan said the military was performing within the limited equipment it has.
1st News had reported that the Senate had resolved to summon the service chiefs to appear at plenary over the increasing killings, kidnappings, and general insecurity in the country.
The security chiefs arrived at the Red Chamber a few minutes past 11 am.
It will also be recalled that the Service Chiefs were supposed to appear before the Senate last Tuesday; but the meeting was suspended because of a National Security Council meeting at the presidential villa.
Lawan said, “Once again, I welcome you and trust us with what you think will help us as a parliament; to help the cause of Armed Forces and other security agencies to perform better; because you haven’t achieved the optimum and I can attribute that to inadequate resources.
“On behalf of my colleagues, I want to commend our armed forces and other security agencies; for fighting the myriad of security challenges across the country. In the process, some have given up their lives.
“We appreciate what you are doing because we know that you are doing your best with what you have at hand.
“I want to assure you and everyone that the challenges we face are taken seriously and extremely by the parliament. Hardly a day passes without this Senate discusses one security incident or the other. And it has been so for many years, not only this session.
“We pray that at the end of this interaction, we will see better ways and means; of providing the necessary provision of resources to enable our armed forces to continue with national cause; to provide national security that we need to protect the lives and property of citizens; to stabilise our environment for the economy to receive better investments for this country; also, to be a hub for investments that will provide employment opportunities to our teeming youths.”