Army overstretched, says Buratai

Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff

*Deploys troops in 32 states on internal security missions

The Nigerian Army has said its troops are now deployed in 32 states battling terrorists, bandits, cattle rustlers, kidnappers, and pipeline vandals.

In the process, Army Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai said the army has been compelled to establish new units to cope with security challenges in some of the states.

Buratai who made this known while defending the army’s 2017 budgetary provision before the House of Representatives committee on the army, explained that the massive deployment of troops has overstretched the army.

“Currently, the Nigeria Army is deployed in about 32 states fighting to eradicate terrorism, cattle rustling, kidnapping, pipeline vandalism, armed banditry and communal clashes among others. The challenges have in many instances necessitated the deployment of  Quick Response Groups to troubled areas and establishment of new units in some cases,” he said.

He told the committee that this is why the army proposes the recruitment of more 12,000 personnel in the proposed 2017 budget, while complaining over the delay in releasing approved fund in the budget.

Buratai said the troops are now living in sub-human conditions because of the shortage of fund to cope with operations.

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