Senate President Ahmad Lawan says the last time the country’s military was involved in warfare “like this time” was during the civil war.
Apart from fighting the insurgency in the north-east, the military has been deployed across several parts of the country to tackle criminal activities.
Speaking on Saturday at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna state, the senate president said the military deserves the support of all citizens, adding that it needs more resources to do its job effectively.
“After the civil war in Nigeria, I dare say that there was never a time the military is involved in some type of warfare than this time,” he said.
“Our armed forces deserve all the support from all the citizens of Nigeria because they are fighting on our behalf. To do otherwise is to be unfair, to the armed forces.
“Our expectations as citizens are very high and therefore we have to give the armed forces what they require, we may not be able to give everything because we don’t have enough but we must as a country put in more resources because everything rests on peace and security.
“I want to assure you once more that beyond the supplementary budget, in 2022, we will provide more resources for our armed forces and I hope that the armed forces will be prioritised.
“The wounded offices must be treated properly. It will boost the moral of those that are there to fight. So we have every reason to make sure that hospitals like this are properly provided for.”
During the visit, the senate donated a sum of N10 million to the hospital.