From Molly Kilete, Abuja


The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Musa, has solicited the intervention of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to enhance military operations.

Gen Musa, said the intervention has become necessary given the numerous challenges faced by the military which impinge on its operations.

The CDS, who made the call when he visited the Central Bank Governor, Mr Olayemi Cardoso in his office in Abuja, appealed to the Governor to critically look into the issues with a view to addressing them.

Acting Director Defence Information Brigadier General Tukur Gusau, in a statement, said It that the visit is part of the CDS engagement with critical stakeholders to curtail the security challenges bedeviling the nation.

General Musa, during the visit, applauded the CBN Governor for his sterling leadership qualities and his monetary and fiscal policies which are geared towards addressing economic hardships in the country.

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According to the CDS, the country’s challenges are enormous but he added that ” I can see light at the end of the tunnel. “

General Musa also seized the opportunity to call CBN to consider members of the Armed Forces in its agricultural schemes as means of enhancing welfare for both serving and retired personnel.

He concluded that “the Armed Forces of Nigeria remain focus, professional and ready to secure Nigeria”

Welcoming the CDS and his team to his office, The CBN Governor Mr Olayemi Cardoso thanked the CDS for the visit, while acknowledging the immense sacrifice the AFN is making to secure the country. He added that the military takes too much risk to their lives to ensure peace and tranquility reigns. He assures of the CBN commitment to support and collaborate with Defence Headquarters. The governor also commended the CDS leadership philosophy.

According to him, “it gives everybody hope for the future.”

The Central Bank Governor further stated that the CBN has re-set its strategy, primarily to focus on monetary policies to manage the stability of the system. He emphasised that the CBN needed AFN assistance in its daily operation. He promised that things would soon normalise.