Leadership of the Nigerian Senate had on Wednesday held a closed door meeting with heads of the Nigeria military over renewed Boko Haram attacks in the North East region.
Led by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olanisakin, the military rednecks met with the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki in a closed session that last hours.
Sources conversant with what transpired said several issues bordering on “empowering the security agencies to win the war against the Boko Haram insurgency were discussed in a frank and open exchange between the two sides”.
The Military chiefs were said to have briefed the Senators on the various challenges faced by the military, particularly the state of their equipment which they said require serious upgrading and restocking.
They also complained that their vote in the 2015 supplementary budget has not been released thereby hampering their ability to fund their operations.
Other issues that came up for discussion was the need to continuously increase the personnel in the three branches of the military and the hindrance posed by the procurement process which they said is very slow.
The military chiefs also canvassed the need for the review of some laws governing their operations so as to make them able to respond to emergency situations they now confront in the North-east zones as well as conform with global best practices.
The issue of resetting IDPs and intelligence sharing was also brought up.
The Senators assured the military chiefs that they will fast track the request for the review of the relevant laws being complained about by putting them on the Priority Bills list once they were given adequate information on areas that need to be amended.
They also promised to take up the issue of release of funds raised by the military chiefs with the Ministry of Finance immediately.
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Olonishakin led the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, his colleague in the navy, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ette Ibas and the Air Force, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar to the meeting.