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Presidency justifies $1bn military equipment

The Presidency on Friday justified President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval of $1billion for the purchase of military equipment to fight the insurgency in the country saying there’s nothing controversial about it.

The President’s approval of the fund has sparked criticism from many including the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which asked Nigerians to resist it.

The President’s Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said the critics are just ‘blowing hot air.’

He said “I think a lot of the judgements are hasty. After the Federal Executive Council approval, ministers will go to the President, they will seek approval of the President of the council, the council will approve and then say go to the National Assembly “The process has begun, it’s not concluded, therefore, everyone will be involved. The President will not breach the constitution of this country. Approval at that level is granted, there is nothing controversial.

He said the dreft bill was signed by the necessary parties

One of the critics, Governor Ayodele Fayose alleged that the approval was a move by the All Progressives Congress ,APC, led government to raise funds to finance the 2019 presidential election and the July 14 governorship poll in Ekiti State.

Mr. Shehu, debunked the allegations saying the fund is to tackle insurgency which is a challenge to the nation. He insisted that Nigeria is at war with Boko Haram, although technically defeated, but the nation cannot rest on its oars in the insurgency fight.

Mr. Shehu said the $1billion fund will be evenly spread at various aspects of the nation’s security and restock arms and ammunition of the troops which he said is already depleted.

He said there is police and there is also the military. It’s going to touch on every aspect of security in the country. We are not talking about buying footwear or uniforms which is routine. We’ll re-equip the military that has depleted much of its stock fighting criminality, insurgency and terrorism across the country.

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