SHOCKER! National Troops Confess Poor Funding, Welfare To Officers On The War Against Insurgents
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Friday, January 16th, 2015
Less than 24 hours after President Goodluck Jonathan surprise visit to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, the Military men waging war against the Boko Haram insurgents have painted a gloomy picture with respect to adequate funding of their operations and welfare.
A soldier serving in Jos, the Plateau state capital, told CNN in an interview that many of his colleagues fled when overpowered by the dreaded and more equipped insurgents. He stated the troop’s morale was very low because they were not issued with kits, said: “we buy the kits ourselves. I bought mine.”
The Military whose face was not shown in the course of the interview alleged high level of corruption within the military hierarchy, adding that this was the reason why their complaints have not been properly and adequately attended to.
Similarly, another soldier corroborated after showing his medical documents that his unit was defeated by the terrorists as they could not match their sophisticated weapons, hence fled.
The soldier indicated: “We don’t have the equipment to fight insurgency. Our equipment are inferior to those of Boko Haram. I feel very bad. In fact, my family has asked me to quit the job. Even after sustaining injury during the battle, they did not pay for my drugs.”
Many of the Nigerian soldiers have been killed or critically ill due to lost battle with the insurgents in the North Eastern States of the country in the last six years.
President Jonathan Thursday’s visit to Maiduguri, the capital of Origin State of Boko Haram group for a meeting with the Military Chiefs and solidarity visit to the wounded soldiers had been trailed with mixed reactions among Nigerians. While some consider it belated, others view that it was better than not holding at all.
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