Nigerian Military to Build Weapons To End Dependence on West

epa03701818 Nigerian soldiers fire rifles on a shooting range in Bauchi, Nigeria, 15 May 2013. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (not pictured) on 14 May 2013 declared a state of emergency in three north-eastern Nigerian states hardest hit by the radical Islamist Boko Haram insurgency. More security forces would be deployed to these areas to flush out Islamist insurgents, but all political office holders in the three states would remain in office, Jonathan said on 14 May. EPA/DEJI YAKE
Nigerian Army firing weapons at a range

Highlights:

  • Nigeria’s president on Friday during a military ceremony directed the country’s military to incline towards local production of weapons
  • The announcement was preceded by the West’s reluctance to sell weapons to Nigeria who are dealing the Boko Haram militants
  • President Buhari termed the continuous over-dependence on foreign countries for weapons as unacceptable

Summary:

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday 7th August during a military ceremony directed the work towards developing local weapons. He expressed his ire on the over dependence on foreigners to sell weapons to Nigeria.

Directive comes after the West expressed reluctance towards selling Nigeria weapons that are supposed to aid in the war against Islamist militants Boko Haram. He further said that Nigeria should angle towards self-sufficiency in terms of military equipment and logistics and only depend on foreigners for the very advanced technology.

Countries like the United States and Britain express reluctance to sell weapons to Nigeria due to its history of human right s violations and extrajudicial killings.

Nigeria’s ministry of Defense has therefore been tasked with creating a work plan to develop a modest military industrial complex that will be the hub for developing local weapons that will bridge the over-dependence gap of Nigeria and countries in the west.

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