Outgoing Director, Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche

The Nigerian Army has defended the Federal Government’s bid to withdraw the sum of $1billion from the Excess Crude Account to fight security challenges in the country.

The outgoing Director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche, described such move as apt, considering the stage of the fight against the terrorists in the North East.

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He opined that the controversies that have accompanied the government’s decision were due to the fact that some Nigerians were confused about the purpose intended for the withdrawal of such amount of money.

“It is not too much at all; it’s the right thing to do so that the security challenge will not raise up its ugly head again,” he said on Sunday during a special end of the year programme on Channels Television.

“The $1billion is being provided at the right time and I don’t think there is any problem to that at all.”

“We need special equipment and special weapons of which we didn’t have all and we now say, look, let us get all these special equipment. Talk about the Tucano aircraft, for instance, the 12 that we are going to get for over $590million; that is more than half of the money already.

“And then you talk about all the special equipment that the Army will need, and that the Navy will also need in the Lake Chad basin area – all these put together, the money is not too much at all.”