100bn budget for Army paltry, insufficient, NGO tells FG
NEWS DIGEST–The Initiative for Patriotism and Gallantry (IPG), a Non-Government Organisation (NGO), has pointed out that the 100 billion budgeted for the Nigerian Army (NA) by Federal Government (FG) in the 2020 Appropriation Bill is not only paltry, but grossly insufficient.
At a solidarity rally for the Army on Saturday, Dr. Abubakar Muhammad, Chairman of the NGO, appealed to FG to increase Army’s budget in order for them to effectively prosecute the counter-insurgency war, and also tackle other prevailing security challenges.
“Adequate funding will help the Army leadership procure sophisticated ammunition, provide critical infrastructures for all the officers and men of NA, and above all, help to motivate troops. Therefore, we appeal to the Federal Government to increase the budget of the Nigerian Army, which is the central and pivotal force involved in the war against insurgency, and other related crimes perpetrated across the country” he said.
While speaking further at Unity Fountain, venue of the rally, Dr. Muhammad, noted that under the leadership of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, the Nigerian Army has successfully dismantled caliphates established by Boko Haram members in Mubi, Gwoza, Bama, Konduga, Madagali, Bama and Damasak, among others.
Speaking at the rally, Hajara Muhammad, another executive official of IPG, maintained that the idea of the Nigerian Army Aviation Unit is a noble idea whose time has come, urging FG to support the Army to develop the unit in order for troops to completely neutralize insurgents and bandits.
Hajara said: “We have seen how Operation Super Camp has been yielding positive results in the North-East which had led to the continuous defeat of the Boko Haram insurgents beginning from July this year.
“Troops of the Nigerian Army are raiding the hideouts of criminal insurgents, bandits and kidnappers nationwide, with remarkable successes. We are aware of the gallantry exhibited by troops of 1 Brigade Garrison, 16 Brigade Garrison (Main) 342 Artillery Regiment, 26 Task Force Special Brigade, and the entire troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole.
“IPG is proud of the officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army, and we are challenging them to do more for their Fatherland. We are aware of the few challenges existing, but they should not relent in their efforts to safeguard and protect their Fatherland.”
IPG is a non-profit, non-partisan NGO formed by a group of Nigerians advocating for unflinching support and motivation for the Nigerian Army.