Nigerian Army still using AK47, Boko Haram, bandits uses AK49, - Senator Ndume Cries Out

Some of the bandits operate with AK49, the latest AKs, while the Army is still using AK47
Senator Ali Ndume, Borno South at the Senate

The Senator representing Borno South Senatorial District, and also the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, said on Wednesday that the Nigerian Army is being "grossly" underfunded by the Government of Nigeria.

Ndume, speaking to newsmen shortly after the Nigerian Army's budget protection in the National Assembly, said the bandits were more trained than the Army.

Ndume, who represents Borno South in the Red Chamber, had just rounded up an oversight tour with his Army Committee on some Army establishments across the country.

According to the lawmaker,

 “The difference between Nigerian Army and the bandits is that, they (Army) are trained and also wear uniforms.

“Some of the bandits operate with AK49, the latest AKs, while the Army is still using AK47”.

He said that even the robbers had devised ways to get Army uniforms so that they could disguise themselves as military personnel from Nigeria.

The legislator lamented that money intended for the acquisition of guns and ammunition is not routinely published.

Commenting on 2020 Budget, Dume said

“The money that was supposed to be given to them to buy equipment, buy arms and ammunitions, procure certain kits for them, only 64% of that money was released”.

“In fact, on top of that, it was 50% that was released in July. The second batch of it was released this week.
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“Nigeria is at war, the whole of Nigeria Army budget is about $1.3m. That’s at the level of Niger, Chad, Sudan and other poor countries”, Ndume said.

He said there was no guarantee that this money would be released 100%" to the Army, even with the limited budget being suggested by the executive.

Accordingly, the legislator suggested a substantial increase in the military budget, while calling on the authorities concerned to also make the fund available on time, stating that the Army's procurement process takes longer than other budgetary procurement circles.

Ndume said,
“Section 14(2) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria says, the purpose of every government is security and welfare of the citizens”, stressing that, the budget of the country should principally tackle insecurity.