President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria
Published on July 18, 2014
President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the release of additional funds for the purchase of military hardware, the Minister of State for Defence, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro, said.
Obanikoro said while on inspection tour of Navy formations and facilities in Rivers on Thursday that the purchase of the hardware would boost the capacity of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the fight against terror.
“President Goodluck Jonathan is committed to enhancing our military efficiency and capacity to deliver in the fight against insurgency. “In the fight against terrorism; the President has approved huge acquisitions to build up the capacity of our military; and this has not been done in the last 25 years. “These are efforts that are highly commendable, and, we should continue to encourage and support government to do more in the fight against insurgency.
“The fight against terrorism is not all about the President – it is not about you and me – it is about all of us (Nigerians); and it is a war that we can only win if we stand together. “Without sounding immodest, I commend the commitment,dedication and the sacrifices they (military personnel) have been making and made in the past.”
Obanikoro said that the military had shown resilience in spite of operational challenges, adding that the President was determined to provide more support.He called on Nigerians to support and cooperate with the military in its bid to end security challenges confronting the nation.
It would be recalled that Jonathan asked the National Assembly, for approval of a loan of one billion dollars (N162bn) to fund military operations in the country.