Buhari orders local production of military’s weapons

army techABUJA, (CAJ News) – PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Federal Ministry of Defence to produce a plan for the establishment of a Military Industrial Complex for the local production of weapons.

The weapons must meet some of the requirements of the country’s armed forces.

Buhari stated this at the graduation ceremony of the National Defence College in Abuja.

He described as unacceptable, Nigeria’s current over-dependence on other countries for critical military equipment and logistics.

“We must evolve viable mechanisms for near-self-sufficiency in military equipment and logistics production complemented only by very advanced foreign technologies,” said Buhari.

He said the Ministry of Defence has thus been tasked to draw up clear and measurable outlines for development of a modest Military Industrial Complex for Nigeria.

In this regard, it is to liaise with other strategic departments and industries to re-engineer the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) to meet national military hardware and logistics requirements.

The President said his administration had, since its assumption of office, reviewed the nature and character of Nigeria’s security threats and challenges.

“We recognized first and foremost, the external dimensions of these threats and the need for international cooperation and common security mechanisms to tackle them,” he said.

– CAJ News

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