President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday unveiled locally produced mine resistant ambush protected vehicles named Ezugwu and other armored vehicles designed to carry out insertion and extraction of troops, assault, counter-terrorism, delivery of high fire power and urban warfare.
Report says the vehicles were unveiled during the Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference, holding in Kaduna.
Other primary and secondary armaments unveiled at the event included anti-aircraft guns that also carry a crew of twelve commanders, driver, two gunners and eight soldiers.
Buhari noted the collaborative efforts of the command engineering Depot with relevant indigenous organizations to promote local content towards developing Nigeria’s Military Industrial Complex.
The President further lauded the Nigerian Army for the establishment of Army Cyber Warfare Command, Fifty Space Command and the Land Forces Segregation Center.
He said they were laudable efforts aimed at repositioning the Army to address emerging and future threats to National security.
Buhari described the Nigerian Army Conference as an avenue for strategic leaders and operational commanders to appraise, assess and evaluate the Army’s activities for the year 2019 as well as make projections for improved engagements in 2020 and beyond.
The President appreciated men and officers of Nigerian Army for their relentless effort in securing the country, noting that “many personnel have lost their lives, some have sustained injuries and a significant number have been away from their families for a long time.“
Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai in a goodwill message said Kaduna State was privileged to play host to many military formations which brings various benefits to the state.
He said the Army had helped to restore peace and stability in the Southern Kaduna by establishing an operational base.
El-Rufai disclosed that, the assembling of automotive vehicles for the use of the Army have begun in Kaduna, in addition to the Peaugeot Automobile Assembly plant.
“DICON is also starting garment for the armed forces and para military agencies.
“We are establishing a cluster garmenting that will produce not only military and para military uniforms, but also civilian clothing for domestic and export.
“We are going to take advantage of that and we are very grateful to the Army for being that catalyst for development,“ El-Rufai said.