The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to increase funding for the military.
In a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday, the former vice-president also called for an end to the killings of soldiers participating in the fight against Boko Haram in the northeastern part of the country.
Atiku said, “It is unacceptable that terrorists and criminals are frequently better equipped than members of our armed forces. It is the duty of the political elite to put aside any political differences and take a United stand to put an end to this.
“The increasing deaths of our servicemen at the hand of terrorists and criminals, especially in the Northeast and Middle Belt, is a clear sign that our troops need to be better funded and better equipped.
“It is true that funds are scarce, but this is an emergency and if we do not take care of an emergency, it becomes a crisis which can lead to a total breakdown of law and order – anarchy in essence.”