President Muhammadu Buhari has said that army officers and other security agencies are being trained now on the use of sophisticated weapons that are being brought into the country for a more frontal attacks on Boko Haram insurgents, especially in Borno State.
The President said: “things will improve very soon. We are acquiring modern equipment; some are here, some are being cleared, and others still coming. We need patience with acquisition of equipment. You need to train the trainers for their usage ahead of their deployment to the field.”
President Buhari, who spoke during his meeting with the five Northeast State Governors at the presidential villa, Abuja today, August 10, assured the Northeast Governors, especially that of Borno, “that we go to bed and wake up thinking about you, how to secure our country, that is the responsibility of every government. Our party campaigned in 2015 on three major objectives, among which is Security. We said the same thing in 2019 and Nigerians believed us. We are doing our best and we will continue to do even better.”
The President lamented the impact on the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, making scarce resources even scarcer, coupled with its severe impact on the supply chain of military equipment and spare parts.
“Our government is doing its best on the question of equipment and the military know. We have equipment coming from some countries. The acquisition of military wares and spares is not easy, especially if you are not the manufacturer.”
At the meeting, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, the Chief of Staff, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, the National Security Adviser, rtd General Babagana Mungono, and all the Service Chiefs who spoke in support of the President, assured that things will get better soon.
They made a strong case for strengthening ties among the military, state governments, traditional institutions and all communities and the residents of the region.