The Director of the Defence Information, Major General John Enenche, has disclosed that the military will use the $1 billion approved for the fight against Boko Haram to acquire new weapons.
He said it will enable the military’s air, land and sea forces to purchase more sophisticated weapons and machinery.
Speaking to Channels TV, the Defence spokesperson said the $1 billion fund will enhance the fight against terrorism.
Enenche said: “Take for instance, you have 10 days to achieve an objective, I tell you, if you make your effort 10 times what you have, you are going to achieve that objective in one day.
“We’ve been using the AK 47 to prosecute a special war, whereas the AK 47 is used to prosecute a conventional operation.”
He noted that despite having substandard equipment, the military had made reasonable progress with the fight against Boko Haram.
“If it were to be in Russia for instance, this is supposed to be the personal weapon that the soldier uses now to confront insurgency and terrorism, Yet the Armed forces of Nigeria has been prosecuting with the AK 47 of the second world war and we have achieved this far.
“It is a lot of money but when you look at the advantages of what we stand to gain, in the time that we need to eliminate terrorism,” Enenche stated.