Godwin Emefiele, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has said Nigeria expects to receive six fighter jets between July and August as part of measures to improve security in the country.
Emefiele made this known while answering questions at the end of a two-day monetary policy committee meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to the CBN Governor, the six expected fighter jets are in line with a pact made between the Nigerian government and the US government three years ago, noting that the country is expecting 12 fighter jets from the North American country.
Emefiele bemoaned the current state of insecurity in the country, noting that it could have a disastrous effect on all sectors of the economy.
He, however, expressed hope that the arrival of the jets would aid in the fight against insecurity in the nation.
He said: “If you want an economy to grow, the level of insecurity must be low because if there is a high level of insecurity like what we see today, the economy will suffer.
“Efforts are now targeted at South Eastern and North Eastern parts of the country. About three years ago, the Federal Government and the United States signed a pact that resulted in a government-to-government acquisition of military equipment.”
Emefiele also used the occasion to ask bandits to drop their arms and be a part of the apex bank’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, which is in its fifth year, designed by the CBN to boost food production.
He said: “I, therefore, would like to appeal to our brothers, who decide that they want to live in bushes and forests that they should please, begin to retreat, drop their arms and come and embrace the anchor borrowers’ programme.
“If they do so, it will help them; if they choose not to do so, they will be confronted by the security as this battle continues.
“I am optimistic before the end of the year, around the year of the end, the security challenges confronting the country will substantially abate,” he added.