Buhari approves $1 billion for purchase of arms

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of $1 billion to Nigerian Defence authorities for the purchase of security equipment to fight insecurity in the country.

Premium Times reports that the approval was announced on Wednesday, by the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, while speaking with journalists at the end of a security meeting chaired by the president.

“Of recent, our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari gave approval for the purchase of more equipment for the military, worth $1 billion. As usual, we discussed the current activities that affected most of the states in the federation like Taraba, Zamfara and other states,” he said.

According to Dan-Ali, the recent deployments to Zamfara and other neighbouring states of Sokoto and Katsina is expected take care of the security challenges in the area.

“Of course, the strength of security personnel has increased including the Air Force additional quick response group, they have added enough manpower in that area,” he said.

On Leah Sharibu, the only Dapchi school girl still in captivity with Boko Haram, the minister said, “Well, we are making all available efforts to see that the girl is returned safely”.

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