Nigeria will soon become a defence equipment exporting nation following the recent launch of NNS Oji, a locally-built defence ship by the Nigeria’s Naval Dockyard, the Presidency said yesterday.
The Presidency made the declaration in a reply to a remark by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Lagos State for the ship inauguration.
The PDP had accused the President of being insensitive to the plights of Nigeria for attending the public presentation of “My Participation”, an auto-biography written by All Progressives Congress (APC) pioneer National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, in Lagos.
Specifically, the PDP said the President chose to honour Akande on a day some Nigerians lost their lives to bandit attacks in some communities in the North.
But the President said the opposition party got its facts all wrong.
In a statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the Presidency explained that the primary reason for President Buhari’s visit to Lagos was to inaugurate various categories of military equipment.
It said the occasion coincided with Chief Akande’s book launch in Lagos.
The statement carpeted the PDP for attempting to corrupt facts with the intention of confusing the public on the purpose for the visit.
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In the reaction, the Presidency said the purpose was primarily to inaugurate military equipment, aimed at enhancing the nation’s capacity to fight terrorism.
It reads: “On 9th December in Lagos, President Muhammadu Buhari launched a made- in-Nigeria naval defence ship, NNS Oji, and inducted other vital military assets that improve the country’s capabilities to fight increased piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.