By: Ibrahim Kabiru Sule
A Nigerian soldier attached to the joint multinational military security fighting Boko Haram insurgents has said that he is opting out of the military work and reuniting with his family at home over conspiracies that characterised their operation.
He said he was frustrated with the military, lamenting the absence of sophisticated weapons and attention to the welfare of soldiers. The insurgents, he said, possessed modern arms.
This is coming weeks after the Nigerian military had sentenced 54 soldiers death over what it described as cowardice, disrespect to orders and mutiny, even as it dismissed another batch of soldiers after a secret trial a forthnight ago.
But the fleeing soldier, whose name was withheld, in an interview with BBC Hausa Service, yesterday, explained that if government would provide them with modern arms and the needed weaponry, the Nigerian military would within 48 hours crush the insurgents.
“I am on my way right now. I am running back to my family, because I am fed up with this military work. There is a serious problem in the work.”
When asked if the government has done enough to boost their morale and provide necessary support, he said; “The federal government said that they were paying us N100,000. They pay us N30,000 in a month. Even with that amount, it sometimes takes three months without payment. Even the food to eat became something hard for us.
“What type of weapons do they give us? They are supposed to bring modern arms, not the AK47. Someone is confronting you with AA that is used to bring down planes, but we are using AK47 and two magazines. How can you defeat him?”
He was asked if soldiers deserted their armoured tanks for insurgents, the fleeing soldier said: “I swear all the armoured tanks that are being talked about, none of them will travel for three hours without breaking down.”
SOURCE: DAILY TRUST