Defence Minister Muhammadu Badaru has reiterated the federal government’s commitment to providing more equipment to enhance the operational efficiency of the Nigerian Army.
Mr Badaru, accompanied by the Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawalle, stated this when he paid a working visit to the Army Headquarters on Tuesday in Abuja.
He commended the leadership and personnel of the armed forces for the successes recorded in the theatres of operation to rid the nation of security threats.
The minister assured that President Bola Tinubu would do everything within his power to address the challenges confronting the military, especially in manpower and accommodation needs.
He said the president also demonstrated commitment towards providing equipment requirements such as arms, ammunition and the combat enablers needed to succeed in the fight against insurgency.
“The president has demonstrated that since we came in, and he has never turned down our request, and he has been very supportive.
“So once again, I want to commend the Chief of Army Staff for the successes so far, and I believe more successes will come as we continue to supply the necessary equipment to execute the war,” he said.
On his part, Mr Matawalle commended the Nigerian Army for its commitment and sacrifices towards addressing the nation’s security situation.
He said he was in a better position to speak on the military’s successes in the fight against banditry as a former governor of Zamfara, one of the most affected states.
Mr Matawalle urged the public to continue to appreciate the military for their efforts and support them to succeed. He added that society needed to address the prevailing security challenges.
He also called for enhanced synergy and intelligence sharing among the army and other security agencies and enhanced non-kinetic activities.
Earlier, Mr Lagbaja thanked the ministers for the visible interventions from the federal government, adding that it had positively impacted their operations on the field.
Mr Lagbaja said the army had remained committed to addressing the security challenges bedevilling the nation.