Sen. Obanikoro expressed this conviction in a chat with news men in Sapele during his tour of naval formations in Delta State as part of his ongoing nationwide familiarisation tour of institutions and agencies under his ministry.
He said, “Terrorism is not a 100-meter dash but a marathon. One thing that gives me strong hope is that there is nowhere in the history of humanity where evil has prevailed over good for so long. There is no doubt that we are going to turn the table in no distant time.”
The Minister acknowledged the need for more investments in the Nigerian military in terms of the goals the nation has set for it, adding, however, that funding for the military is a global challenge not peculiar to Nigeria.
“Anywhere in the world”, he continued, “funding is a problem when it comes to military hardware. The Federal Government of Nigeria has resolved that within the limited resources available, the military would be properly kitted to deal with the challenges confronting the country for now and the future.
“If I tell you all is well, I will be deceiving you. There is room for improvement and we are doing a lot that we can’t disclose in public before the media.
“We need not engage in a blame game but I know too well that the commitment the President has given in the last few years, if we have had that in the past, the military will not be where it is today. Some of the acquisition we are doing to beef up military capacity has not been done in the last 25 years. That, to me, is what progress is all about.”
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