Size Of Nigerian Armed Forces Is Too Low – Osinbajo


Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice President of Nigeria has posited that more people should be recruited into the police and the military in order to secure the country.

Disclosing this on Friday in Osogbo, Osun State,  with  delegates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Osinbajo stated that, “The size of the Armed Forces is too small for the population of Nigeria. A local government in Niger State, Mashegu, has the land mass the size of South-East states and Lagos State with about a 100 policemen. That is very inadequate. So, to police the country properly, we need more hands in the police and the Armed Forces.”

According to him, “We also need our own local ammunition manufacturing company. We have started that at DICON (Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria), but we need to expand its capacity to produce more ammunition. We also need weapon and defence system manufacturing outfits locally.”

He noted that, “Presently, we depend on the Western countries for weaponry and the system is very complex. For instance, we pay for Tucano fighter jets and it takes over four years to get the jets into the country.”

 Commenting on presidential aspirants reaching concensus in the South West, the vice president stated that, “I believe strongly in the wisdom of Yoruba elders and leaders and consultations are always ongoing. I am of the belief that very soon we will resolve whatever differences that exist and we will agree on the way forward.”


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