Information Minister, Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information, Culture, and Tourism, Lai Mohammed says the criticisms trailing the approval of $1billion to fight Boko Haram and other crimes across the country is unnecessary and unhelpful.

Mohammed said the $1bn was meant to fight security challenges including Boko Haram, illegal oil bunkering, kidnapping and cattle rustling, as well as the acquisition of military ammunition and hardware.

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Speaking at a news conference in Lagos, the minister expressed dismay that an action intended to make the country safer had been subjected to attacks by people with ulterior motives.

Further justifying the approval, the minister said military operations in the northeast cost the country a lot of money.

He said the aircraft being used for the war, including fighter jets and helicopters, altogether consumed 64,021.08 litres of fuel per day amounting to N15 million daily to fuel the aircraft.

He said the spares for the aircraft from January to November 2017 cost a total of N20 million while consumables for the aircraft, such as engine oil, plugs etc, amounted to N3.86 million monthly.

He said between November 5 to December 17, the amount spent on ammunition was over five million dollars.