The Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has commented on the high level of security in the country.
According to Femi, the increasing rate of security in Nigeria, is due to the post state of the military.
He stated that the military needs more funds as it is at war against many forms of insecurity.
Gbajabiamila said this at a public hearing on a bill seeking to establish a special trust fund for the armed forces yesterday, May 17. According to him, the widespread insecurity in the country has made extra funding for the military necessity.
He further reiterated that the country is at war against insurgency, terrorism, kidnapping, and all other forms of insecurity.
Femi proposed a bill that requires the procurement of more weapons for the military. The speaker of House of Rep introduced a Trust Fund for the military which will help bolster the military capability.
“Even with these extensive and wider examination of our security challenges, we cannot exclude the need for and benefit if a well equipped and better trained military in the fight against all forms of insecurity.
It is a historic fact that countries during war times do not find their military through regular appropriation alone. From the USA, to the United Kingdom and all Western powers; the military was funded through extra budgetary means during periods of war.
Nigeria is at war against insurgency, terrorism, kidnapping, and all manner of insecurity; hence the need to uplift the resources available to our armed services to enable them procures the best tools to help win yhis war. So, what we seek to do in this Bill is not new or unique to us as a nation.
The solution to our security challenges required asymmetric actions across many policy areas. This is what we have tried to do as the Representatives of the people. The concept of a Trust Find already exists for the Nigerian police.
It only makes sense for us to bolster our military capability as well through this unique vehicle. In this Bill; the board of the trust fund is full of eminent Nigerians from all walks of life, this should give confidence to all of the depth of knowledge and experience that will be available to manage this find. The national assembly will equally play it’s part in over sighting this work of this Trust Fund”.