The Federal Government has acquired 23 warplanes, in the battle against insurgency in the North-East and, to curtail security challenges in the country.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, disclosed this to newsmen, on the sidelines of the Independence Day parade at the Eagle Square, in Abuja, on 1st October, last Monday.
Mustapha, who spoke soon after the grand finale of events commemorating Nigeria’s 58 birthday celebration, said the country has every reason to celebrate.
He praised President Muhammadu Buhari for adequately addressing security challenges confronting some parts of the country by taking the needed steps.
“Most of the equipment our military boasts of, today, especially those displayed during today’s (yesterday) celebration, were acquired during this tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“As you heard from the Air force commentator that about 23 war planes have so far been acquired, so it means that in the last couple of decades, we have not paid much attention to the acquisition of military hardware; to be able to effectively fight insurgency and other forms of security challenges that we have had in the country.
“Now that we are acquiring more, you can see that there is relative calm in the North-East.
“Even the banditry in the North-Central and northwestern areas is being checked effectively, and, I believe it will be a continuous thing because the problem keeps propping up but as that happens, we will deal with them,” he assured Nigerians,” he said.