President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the local production of arms.
Buhari directed the Federal Ministry of Defence to establish a Military industrial Complex for this purpose. He said this at a graduation ceremony in the National Defence College, Abuja.
Buhari decried the dearth of arms to fight Boko Haram because foreign powers had refused to sell to Nigeria. He therefore advocates for local production to augument. He said;
“We must evolve viable mechanisms for near-self-sufficiency in military equipment and logistics production complemented only by very advanced foreign technologies.
The Ministry of Defence is being tasked to draw up clear and measurable outlines for development of a modest Military Industrial Complex for Nigeria.
“In this regard, it is to liaise with other strategic MDAs and industries to re-engineer the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) to meet national military hardware and logistics requirements.”
He said that all hands must be on deck to fight terrorism. President Muhammadu Buhari added that;
“We must apply a comprehensive strategy and coordinate all elements of national power against terrorism and insurgency; we must show result oriented leadership at all levels of military command; we must set up an optimal organisation to manage and sustain operational performance; and we must show confidence and winning mentality.”