Army restates commitment to secure the country

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

Military

The Nigeria Army has restated its commitment to secure the territorial integrity of the country against any form of challenge.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Burutai stated this at the National Assembly in Abuja, while defending the 2017 Budget of the Nigeria Army.

While dismissing any security threat to the country, Lt. Gen. Burutai said that the security challenges the country has encountered in the last eight years had over-stretched the facilities, resources and personnel of the Army.

“Currently, the Nigeria Army has been deployed to thirty-two States of the Federation to combat terrorism, cattle rustling, kidnapping, pipeline vandalism and communal clashes among others,” he said.

“These challenges have in many instances necessitated the deployment of the Quick Response Groups to trouble areas as well as the establishment of new units in some case,” Buratai explained.

The Army Chief who expressed concern over limited fund release said the performance of 2016 budget release to the army was hundred percent, suggesting timely and full implementation of the 2017 budget to enhance performance.

Chairman House Committee on Army, Rimande Shawulu in his remark said the House of Representatives will continue to support the Nigeria Army and other security agencies to fulfil their constitutional roles of defending the territorial integrity of the country.

While commending the Nigeria Army in dealing with the insurgency and other security challenges across the country, Mr. Shawulu said the committee and the National assembly will provide the necessary legislation for consolidating the success so far.

Omolayo.A