President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the release of $1 billion for the procurement of security equipment to fight Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east.
This is even as he has ordered efforts to be intensified to secure the safe release of Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi schoolgirl still being held by Boko Haram because she refused to renounce Christianity, reports Daily Sun
Governors from Nigeria’s 36 states had in December 2017 approved the withdrawal of $1 billion from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) by the Federal Government to be used in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the North-east.
But the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, had distanced himself from the request and subsequently dragged the Federal Government to court over the matter.
The approval for the withdrawal was given at the 83rd National Executive Council (NEC) chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Briefing State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, said the meeting was to review the security situation in the country.
According to him, “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.”
On what to expect after the deployment in Zamfara, Dan-Ali said, “well, as usual, 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.”
On how that will resolve the issue, the Minister said, “of course, the strength of security personnel has increased including the Air Force’s additional quick response group. They have added enough manpower in that area.”
On Leah Sharibu’s release, Dan-Ali said, “we are making every effort to see that the girl is returned safely.”
The Minister also said that the President has approved the release of $1 billion for the procurement of security equipment to fight insecurity in the country.
“What I can add, after all that I have said, is to inform you that of recent, our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, gave approval for the purchase of more equipment for the military, worth $1 billion.”