From Molly Kilete, Abuja
Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru, has solicited support of the Senate in ensuring appropriate funding for the Nigerian Army to perform its constitutional roles and defeat all security threats.
Attahiru made the call when members of the Senate Committee on Army, led by its Chairman, Ali Ndume, paid an oversight visit to the Army Headquarters in Abuja, yesterday.
He said the visit was timely, adding that it afforded them the opportunity to interact and discuss issues that would impact on the funding of army activities and operations.
According to him, Nigeria is faced with a lot of security challenges that includes insurgency in the North East, banditry in the North West and part of North Central.
He said this also included secessionist agitations in the South East and South South geo-political zones of the country.
“To curb and finally defeat these threats, the army requires equipment, weapons, armour fighting vehicles, platforms and various combat enablers.
“I urge you to, as a matter of urgency, consider these critical needs as you legislate and appropriate funds.”
“I will be counting on your support so that we can efficiently perform our constitutional roles and defeat all our threats,” he said.
Attahiru said the army, under his leadership, would remain apolitical and committed to the protection of democracy and good governance.
Ndume said the purpose of the visit was to have close understanding of the issues and needs of the army and find a way to address them.
He said the army had daunting tasks of mitigating the various security challenges confronting the country, adding that the National Assembly was ready to give the necessary legislative support.
He said the service chiefs had been given assurances that they would do their bests to meet the expectations of Nigerians in tackling the prevailing security challenges.
According to him, the bottom line is that they must be given what they need to carry out the assignment and that is money, equipment, personnel which translate into money.