Controversial writer and speaker, the Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the President, Doyin Okupe, has admitted that Nigerian soldiers had, prior to now, been under-equipped to prosecute the war against Boko Haram.
He stated that the federal government had struggled with the acquisition of arms, which consequently led to the lack of arms and ammunition to defeat the terrorist sect over the past few years.
“We had problems with acquisition of arms. The army has not been adequately equipped. That has changed because we have new equipment & machinery have arrived and they are on the filed,” he said.
The SSA made the comments on Saturday, February 14, during an interview on Channels TV ‘Sunrise’ program where he spoke at length about the postponement of the general elections and the reaction of the presidency towards the development.
Okupe said: “When the military said they cannot guarantee security it was not in the entire nation”, adding that, “the statement of the military about insecurity was about the north-east.”
Speaking further, the presidential adviser, said contrary to public opinion, the military has not guaranteed that it will completely wipe out Boko Haram in the six-weeks before the elections are scheduled to hold.
He said: “The military are not saying that in six weeks we will root out Boko Haram. The nature of the battle makes it difficult. The enemies are not seen. When you are sleeping they come. Within the six weeks, the military would have degraded their capabilities to enable people in the north-east vote.”
“We have on the field special trained forces subjected to training. They are on ground to tackle the insurgents,” Okupe added.