Nigeria chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai, has blamed poor funding of the Army and other security agencies as the cause of worsening insecurity in the country.
Buratai who said this in FCT Abuja yesterday during the 2019 budget defence engagement with the House Committee on Army, chaired by Rimande Shawulu (PDP, Taraba), added that the Army has earmarked N472.8 billion to cover its expenditure for the 2019 fiscal year.
According to him, a large chunk of the budget would be utilized for counter-insurgency efforts in the North East and to tackle other forms of insecurity in the country.
In his words:
“Poor funding has remained a major challenge of the Nigeria Army, especially since the transition to civil rule in 1999.
“In the 2019 fiscal year, the Army has budgeted N472.8 billion, a large percentage of which would be used for counter-insurgency in the North East and to tackle other forms of insecurity in the country.”