Information gathered has revealed that the Federal government of Nigeria has allocated a huge sum of over N3.77tn to the Ministry of Defense between the year 2010 and year 2019, yet the Nigerian military complained of the lack of funds to acquire modern weapons they could use to fight the Boko Haram insurgents.
A breakdown of the N3.77tn was gotten from the Budget Office of the Federation contained in the annual budgets of the government for the ministry.
The breakdown of the allocation revealed that N589.95bn was disbursed to the defence ministry according to 2019 fiscal period which comprises of N430.82bn recurrent expenditure and N159.12bn capital expenditure.
According to the fiscal period for 2018, N576.39bn was allocated to the defence ministry by the Federal which comprises of N418.68bn recurrent expenditure and N157.71bn capital expenditure.
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In 2017, N411.48bn was allocated for recurrent expenditure (N96.48bn) and capital expenditure (N315bn).
The year 2016, 2015 and 2014, a total sum of N443.07bn, N375.49bn and N349.71bn respectively was allocated which comprises of N312.21bn, N338.79bn and N338.79bn recurrent expenditures in 2016, 2015 and 2014 respectively and capital expenditures of N130.86bn, N36.7bn and N35.36bn respectively.
The year 2013, N350.8bn was disbursed for defence, the year 2012, 2011 and 2010, allocations were N333.26bn, N111.52bn and N232.04bn respectively.
In a nutshell, the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian Air Force received a total budgetary allocation of over N2.32tn to sought their operations during the 10-year period.
Out of the N2.32tn, budgetary allocation received by the Nigerian Army was N1.55tn for the 10-year period while the Air Force got N845.81bn.
The analysis received that a sum of $496.37m was granted by the President to buy a Super Tucano Aircraft.
Likewise, $380.51m was approved to be withdrawn by the president for the first batch of procurement of important equipment for the Nigerian Army, Navy and Defence Intelligence Agency.
Surprisingly, despite all these huge allocations to the defence, most importantly on terrorism in the North-East, the Boko Haram still have arms and are strong than our military equipment such as drones.
The Buhari administration in 2017 disclosed its plan to withdraw $1bn to tackle the terrorists, but by December 2018, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Tukur Buratai said the Army had yet to access the fund.