Nigeria’s military is understaffed and underfunded, says Nigeria defence minister | AfriTV Online

Nigeria’s military is understaffed and underfunded to tackle the various security challenges facing the country, the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi said. Mr. Magashi, who briefed journalists after Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meetin...

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Nigeria’s military is understaffed and underfunded, says Nigeria defence minister

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06/03/2020 10:56 PM

Nigeria’s military is understaffed and underfunded to tackle the various security challenges facing the country, the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi said.

Mr. Magashi, who briefed journalists after Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, said he made a presentation at the meeting on the security challenges facing Nigeria. We talked about all the operations we have been conducting, the successes and failures of each of the operations right from Operation Lafia Dole to Operation Tawas.

 

 The retired major-general said, there will be a change in the conduct of the ministry of defense in no distant time considering the fact that the shortcomings of each of the operations were discussed, and God so kind contributions were made by members of the council.

Despite Mr. Magashi’s claim of low funding for the military, the defense sector has for the past five years taken a large chunk of Nigeria’s budget, often larger than education and health. In the current 2020 budget, which is about to be amended, about N878 billion of the 10.59 trillion (about 8 percent) was allocated to defense.

 

The Nigerian military is currently involved in multiple internal security operations across the country, surprisingly several officials, including army chief Tukur Buratai, have repeatedly complained that money is often not released for items and projects approved in the budget.

The military is battling the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-east, armed bandits in the North-west and North-central, as well as militants and pirates in the South-south.

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