Boko Haram: Buhari approves release of $1bn for security equipment
President Buhari meets security chiefs on Wednesday. Photo: Presidency/facebook
Abuja, April 4, 2018 (AltAfrika)-President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of $1bn for the procurement of security equipment to fight insurgency.
The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of a meeting Buhari had with security chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.
The President was also said to have asked the security chiefs to intensify efforts aimed at securing the release of Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi schoolgirl still being held by Boko Haram because she allegedly refused to renounce Christianity.
It is recalled that in December 2017, Nigerian governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum announced that the sum of $1bn be withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account for fighting the Boko Haram insurgents which President Muhammadu Buhari and his government spokespersons had declared already “technically defeated”
Boko Haram’s eight-year insurgency has proven to be one of Africa’s more persistent threats, killing more than 20,000 people, spilling over into neighboring countries and displacing millions in a vast humanitarian crisis.
Nigeria was part of a massive aid appeal by the U.N. secretary-general early last year for four countries, including Somalia, Yemen and South Sudan, where mass hunger is fueled by conflict.
Aid groups have despaired that such appeals for Nigeria’s crisis remain underfunded.