National Publicity Secretary of pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, has spoken in support of the Federal Government's proposed
He, however, added that Nigerians must demand accountability of how the money will be spent.
Odumakin, who spoke in
According to him, "it is only those who are sympathisers of Boko Haram that will say don't arm the military so that Boko Haram can continue to have the upper hand".
Odumakin said the fact that Nigerian soldiers always perform creditably whenever they went for foreign operations is a clear indications that
"I knew before the Minister of State for Defence said it that the last time
"That was when we bought 'NNS Olokun', and the rest of them. Between 1983 and now the military has suffered.
"Even under the military rule, the military as an institution did not benefit. The leaders then denied the military the kind of weapons they should get because of fear of coup. So that is why our soldiers today are fighting Boko Haram with inferior weapons.
"The Boko Haram elements are carrying anti-aircraft guns against or soldiers who are still carrying guns that were bought in 1983.
"And successive military leaders have made a lot of kill with defence funds. Now, we are at war and see the way our soldiers are being killed.
"I am on the side of those who say there should be accountability, there should be an account for what has been budgeted for but in the midst of this war, nobody should say our military should not be equipped.
"I also read that about 40 aircraft have just arrived the country," Odumakin noted.
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