Nigeria said Friday it would step up domestic arms manufacture for the military to cut its reliance on foreign weaponry in its fight with Boko Haram Islamists.
President Muhammadu Buhari instructed the Defence Ministry to create “a modest military industrial complex for the local production of weapons to meet some of the requirements of the country’s armed forces”, his office said in a statement.
Buhari told a graduation ceremony of the National Defence College in the capital Abuja that Nigeria’s over-dependence on other countries for military equipment and logistics was “unacceptable”, the statement said.
“We must evolve viable mechanisms for near self-sufficiency in military equipment and logistics production complemented only by very advanced foreign technologies,” he was quoted as saying.
Buhari asked officials and industry leaders to work together to “re-engineer” the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), a military department responsible for arms manufacture.