Mr Muazu Babangida Aliyu of Niger state has said that to avoid the poor equipping of the Nigerian Army and other forces, they should be given financial autonomy which will translate to availability of funds for the procurement of arms and ammunition for the forces in Nigeria.
Aliyu made this known in Minna yesterday after attending and laying wreath at the 123 Military cenotaphs as part of activities to mark this year’s armed forces remembrance day.
“The military should be placed on first line charge in the disbursement of money from the Federation Account; all this call for financial autonomy should also affect the military”.
Governor Aliyu said Nigeria is the largest and most populous nation which requires a very strong and well equipped army force adding also that the country should adequately take care of its officers and men saying that when they are not well taken care of and equipped the country can run into problems.
He added that government at all levels must come to terms that the armed forces is a very important institution in the country, we should show reference to those who one way or the other have sacrificed their lives for the unity of the country’.
Aliyu also commended the gallantry of officers and men of the armed forces in peace keeping operations across the globe and the fighting of insurgency in some parts of the country.
Governor Aliyu added that the accord between the presidential candidates of all the parties taking part in the February 2015 presidential election will stabilize democracy and assure Nigerians that all will be well before during and after the presidential election.
Earlier the Governor and other dignitaries among them the emir of Minna Dr Umar Farouq Bahago, the Commissioner of Police Mr Emmanuel Olusola Amore as well as Commanders of the various forces in the state had laid wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.