Monday, May 19, 2014

Why Nigerian Army can't face Boko Haram - Soldier reveals

A Nigerian soldier has told Sky News that the Nigerian Army are not well equipped to take on Boko Haram insurgents who are rampaging in the north-eastern part of the country.

The soldier whose identity was masked for his own safety, said: "If my superiors know I have spoken to you, I will be jailed and tortured."

"They give us just AK47s to go into the bush to fight Boko Haram," he told Sky News.

"Our equipment doesn't work and they give us just two magazines (60 bullets) to go into the bush."

He went on to say many soldiers were complaining about not receiving their allowances and being made to wait weeks, sometimes months, for salaries to be paid.

"It's not right," he said.

"We feel so bad because we are trying, the soldiers are trying our best but the civilians don't realise what the Nigerian army is issued with, what they are given to go and fight the Boko Haram.

"They don't know the calibre of the weapons that the Nigerian army is giving them.

"The calibre of the Boko Haram weapons is past (better) than the Nigerian army weapon."

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