The Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Sen. Mohammed Ndume (APC-Borno) has called for improved budgetary allocation for the Nigerian Army to successfully win the war against banditry and insurgency.
Ndume made this known on Monday, November 22, while presenting his committee’s report of 2022 Budget of Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to the Senate Committee on Appropriations.
The Senate said that as the nation battled with heightening banditry and kidnappings; more funding through appropriation was needed to win the war.
“Nigerian army needs more funds to win the war. They need arms and ammunition and their regular allowances paid.
“And, they need to get the kind of money they need to prosecute this war in time, the earlier the better.
“So, if you give somebody what he needs, then he is equipped to do the job; but if you give him in bits, it means he will be doing the job in bits. And in bits, it will take time, and the committee and everyone; including the media, have been giving us the necessary support,” he said.
“Because of the situation we find ourselves in this country these days; where the army is drafted into unconventional war everywhere in 32 states; there is the need to properly fund them.
“And, therefore, there is a humongous increase in their overhead. But the capital aspect of it is grossly inadequate. No matter what you do if they don’t have the arms, ammunition, then the war cannot be effectively executed.
“We are here to ask for an increase in the capital component of the Nigerian Army; so that they will have the necessary resources and tools; to prosecute the war they are engaged, the unconventional war everywhere.”
Meanwhile, apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has come hard on the leadership of the Arewa Youths over their opposition to the unconditional release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Ohanaeze made this statement on Monday, November 22; by its President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, Mazi Nnabuike Okwu.
The organisation accused the President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, Yerima Shettima of playing politics with a very sensitive matter.
1st News had reported that Shettima, in an interview claimed; that allowing Kanu to go unpunished would be harmful to Nigeria and the Federal Government.
The Ohanaeze scribe wondered why the “Arewa youths have never given such opposition; to the release and reintegration of the so-called repentant Boko Haram terrorists; but were against the release of Nnamdi Kanu, a freedom fighter.”