The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday unveiled new Made-in-Nigeria Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles for the Nigerian Army.
Reaffirming his commitment to fighting insecurity, he assured that the vehicles code named Ezugwu MRAP, will be deployed for counter-insurgency operations.
Speaking in Kaduna where the unveiling took place as part of the 2019 Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference, he disclosed that the vehicles were produced by the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria, a Nigerian company.
The President commended the efforts of DICON and other bodies that collaborated to see to it’s production.
A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, reinforced the President’s sentiments, ‘‘I note the collaborative efforts of the Command Engineering Depot with relevant indigenous organisations to promote local content towards developing our military-industrial complex.
“I am glad that the production of Ezugwu MRAP vehicles, which I will be unveiling today (Tuesday), will join the infantry patrol vehicles that were earlier produced as a testimony that our efforts are yielding positive results.
“Additionally, your efforts in terms of capacity building, training and conduct of exercises are quite commendable.
“I am aware that there are ongoing field exercises such as Atilogwu, UDO 1, Exercise Akpatuma 2 and Exercise Crocodile Smile 4, among other civil-military cooperation activities.
“These are impressive efforts geared at enhancing the operational efficiency of the army as well as facilitating a conducive security environment for social and economic activities to thrive.’’
Buhari praised the work done by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, commending the way he had transformed the army.