By Luka Binniyat
KADUNA—The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, and Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, yesterday, said for Nigeria to be truly secured, it must create its military industrial complex and be self-sufficient in local arms production.
Olonisakan also assured Nigerians that the December deadline for ending terrorism in the North-East would be achieved.
They spoke during the opening ceremony of the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, Research and Development Seminar in Kaduna, which was attended by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Sadique Abubakar, and Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai.
Olonishakin said: “In fighting insurgency, currently we do not have the wherewithal and that is why we are encouraging research and development so that we can be self-reliant in our production and in no distant future, we will get there.”
Governor el-Rufai, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr. Barnabas Bantex, said: “With the insurgency in the North-East, you have enormous responsibilities for internal security.
“I am also aware of the attempt of developing indigenous technology and not depend on foreigners. The over-dependence on foreign technology should be discouraged.
“We should take the initiative and collaborate in developing indigenous arms. We should also ensure that we develop our own defence industry.
“Countries like India, Brazil and others are leveraging on reaching out to other industries, universities and economists. Today these countries are almost self-sufficient in arms production.”