President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of $1 billion for the procurement of security equipment to be used in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists.
The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, who disclosed this at the end of the national security council meeting chaired by President Buhari, said the meeting was a normal one meant to review the security situation in the country.
“I can inform you that of recent, our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, gave approval for the purchase of more equipment for the military, worth $1 billion,” he said.
Aside Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state, all other governors gave the federal government a permission to withdraw the money from the excess crude account.
Fayose had said Ekiti share of the money should be released for the fight against “Hunger Haram”, alleging that the $1bn would be used to fund the reelection campaign of Buhari.
Meanwhile, the Defence minister stated that Wednesday’s meeting was a normal meeting of security agencies in the country, stating that recent deployments to Zamfara, Sokoto and Katsina states is expected take care of the security challenges in those areas.
According to him, “This is a normal meeting of security agencies in the country. As usual, we discussed the current activities that affected most of the states in the federation like Taraba, Zamfara and other states.
“We have operationalised a division in Sokoto, there will be a brigade in Katsina and another brigade in Zamfara that will take care of security situation in that area.
“The strength of security personnel has increased, including the Air Force additional quick response group, they have added enough manpower in that area.”
On Leah Sharibu, the only schoolgirl still in captivity out of the 119 abducted in Dapchi, Yobe state, Dan-Alli said, “Well, we are making all available efforts to see that the girl is returned safely”.