The Federal Government on Thursday defended its decision to borrow
The proposed loan was revealed on Wednesday when the
"You are no doubt cognisant of the on-going and serious security challenges which the nation is facing, as typified by the Boko Haram terrorist threat. This is an issue that we have discussed at various times,"
"I would like to bring to your attention, the urgent need to upgrade the equipment, training and logistics of our Armed Forces and Security services to enable them more forcefully confront this serious threat.
"For this reason, I seek the concurrence o the
There have been nationwide criticisms since the proposal was made public as Nigerians questioned the trillions of naira already budgeted and spent on the military to defeat Boko Haram in the past few years.
But on Thursday, the federal government defended its decision take the loan, saying it would not only be used to prosecute the war against insurgency but to adequately equip the armed forces.
"It is not out of place for a country to re-enforce its military capability and it (loan) should not be mistaken that the resources of
The military and the federal government has been criticised locally and internationally for its handling of the Boko Haram crisis.
Over 13,000 people have been killed since the insurgency began in 2009 with the
One of the alleged mastermind, Aminu Ogwuche, was on Wednesday repatriated to
"At the appropriate time, we will let you know because sometime there is information that you give out that will facilitate the disappearance of suspect," he added.
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