Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has revealed that plans are on ground to make the Nigerian army a formidable force.
Speaking during the establishment of a new army division in Borno, he said the Army would “embark on an ambitious expansion programme to address manpower needs of the force to respond appropriately to contemporary threats to national security.
“The Army planned to increase its personnel strength from its present 100,000 strength-force to slightly above 200,000 in the next eight years,” Buratai added.
The Army boss went further to say 12,000 personnel would be recruited in 2016 alone to fill the vacancies created as a result of the new establishments in the army.
According to him, the Army’s expansion programme was aimed at boosting its response capacity, while stressing that its capabilities to effectively deal with its present challenges were, however, not in doubt.