Some of the bandits operate with AK49, the latest AKs, while the Army is still using AK47
Senator Ali Ndume, Borno South at the Senate
Ndume, speaking to newsmen shortly after the Nigerian Army’s budget protection in the National Assembly, said the bandits were more trained than the Army.
Ndume, who represents Borno South in the Red Chamber, had just rounded up an oversight tour with his Army Committee on some Army establishments across the country.
According to the lawmaker,
“The difference between Nigerian Army and the bandits is that, they (Army) are trained and also wear uniforms.
“Some of the bandits operate with AK49, the latest AKs, while the Army is still using AK47”.
The legislator lamented that money intended for the acquisition of guns and ammunition is not routinely published.
Commenting on 2020 Budget, Dume said
“The money that was supposed to be given to them to buy equipment, buy arms and ammunitions, procure certain kits for them, only 64% of that money was released”.
“In fact, on top of that, it was 50% that was released in July. The second batch of it was released this week.
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“Nigeria is at war, the whole of Nigeria Army budget is about $1.3m. That’s at the level of Niger, Chad, Sudan and other poor countries”, Ndume said.
Accordingly, the legislator suggested a substantial increase in the military budget, while calling on the authorities concerned to also make the fund available on time, stating that the Army’s procurement process takes longer than other budgetary procurement circles.
“Section 14(2) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria says, the purpose of every government is security and welfare of the citizens”, stressing that, the budget of the country should principally tackle insecurity.
Source The Gazette Nigeria