•As Dan-Ali directs Buratai to remain in North East
•Service chiefs reorganises operational commands
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has in response to the upsurge in Boko Haram terrorists attacks, ordered for emergency procurement of critical military equipment to effectively prosecute the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations in parts of the North East.
This is coming as the Minister of Defence, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali met with the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin and other Service Chiefs on Monday at Headquarters of Ministry of Defence in Abuja, to deliberate on the security challenges.
Buhari had in December 2017 promised to take the money from the Excess Crude Account, a decision which became a subject of controversy and debate in the country.
But the Nigerian military had on Sunday revealed that it is yet to receive the $1 billion approved by the Federal Government for the war against terror.
Dan-Ali in a statement issued by his Public Relations officer, Col. Tukur Gusau, said: “The President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces has also directed the emergency procurement of critical equipment for the Armed Forces of Nigeria in line with the Federal Government policy of procuring equipment from Original Equipment Manufacturers through government to government basis.”
The Minister also directed the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai “to remain in the North East until security situation improves”.
To this end, he alsp the General Officer Commanding the 8 Division, Nigerian Army, to relocate his Tactical Headquarters from Sokoto to Gusau, Zamfara state to oversee the conduct of Operation Sharan Daji.
“The Chief of Defence Staff and Chief of Army Staff were also mandated to effect changes in the operational commands of Operations Delta Safe in the Niger Delta, Lafiya Dole in the North East, Sharan Daji in Zamfara and Katsina states and Awatse in the South West. This is to enable them meet up with the current threats and security challenges in their areas of responsibility.
“The Council/Board also considered and approved the promotion of qualified senior military officers to their next higher ranks. In a related development and a show of concern to the welfare needs of members of the Armed Forces, the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces has directed the enhancement of the welfare of troops particularly those serving in operational areas within the country,” the statement read.