Contrary to claims by Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed that troops combating Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East were doing so with substandard weapons purchased by the Jonathan administration, the military has faulted that claim.
Director of Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, speaking on Africa Independent Television (AIT), said it was untrue that soldiers fighting Boko Haram were poorly equipped.
“What I know is that we are using equipment which is okay for us. We have been achieving results. What I know is that we have equipment that can take us to where we are going…However, you cannot say you have everything you need for your operations. Even the developed nations’ Armed Forces lack one thing or the other,” Abubakar said.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan had insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari was fighting insurgents with the weapons his administration bought.
Reacting to the Jonathan’s statement, the information minister had dismissed the claim saying the substandard weapons allegedly bought by Jonathan was killing soldiers instead of Boko Haram terrorists.
“Today, if anybody tells you he will bring back the Chibok schoolgirls, it is a lie. Buhari has even said that he does not have any information about the Chibok girls, except those who escaped and some of them have been rehabilitated….Some of them were sold and maybe in 10, 20, 30 years, we will come back and we will hear some of their stories. But if anybody tells you he will bring back the Chibok girls, it is a lie,” Obasanjo said.