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Nigerian Army Generals Corrupt, Steal Weapons, Sell To Terrorists – The Economist Report

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The Nigerian Military is crammed “with corrupt generals and unable to guard the nation from the mutating violence,” The Economist newspaper reported. 

“Nigeria’s military is mighty on paper,” the London journal added.

“However a lot of its troopers are ‘ghosts’ who exist solely on the payroll, and far of its gear is stolen and bought to insurgents.”



The Economist in an in depth report on Thursday mentioned Nigeria had not been capable of handle its insecurity as a result of navy chiefs plundered a lot of the nation’s fight assets and the remainder had stretched skinny with little capability to forestall the disaster.  

“Little greater than six many years in the past, as Nigeria was nearing independence, even those that had been quickly to control Africa’s largest nation had their doubts about whether or not it might maintain collectively.

“British colonists had drawn a border round land that was dwelling to greater than 250 ethnic teams. Obafemi Awolowo, a politician of that period, evoked Metternich, fretting that Nigeria just isn’t a nation. It’s a mere geographical expression.

“The early years of independence appeared to show him proper. Coup adopted coup. Ethnic pogroms helped spark a civil warfare that value 1m lives, because the south-eastern area calling itself Biafra tried to interrupt away and was ruthlessly crushed. Navy rule was the norm till 1999. 

“Regardless of this inauspicious begin, Nigeria is now a powerhouse. Dwelling to at least one in six sub-Saharan Africans, it’s the continent’s most boisterous democracy. Its economic system, the biggest, generates 1 / 4 of Africa’s Gross Home Product (GDP).  

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“The military can be stretched skinny, having been deployed to all of Nigeria’s state,” the paper mentioned in its upcoming October 23 difficulty that was revealed on its web site at the moment. 

The paper additionally mentioned Nigeria police has turn into demoralised because of poor coaching and endemic corruption. 

“The police are understaffed, demoralised and poorly skilled. Many complement their low pay by robbing the general public they’ve sworn to guard,” it mentioned.

Nigerian troopers, particularly these deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole within the North-East, have all the time complained about poor welfare.

Some claimed they’d not been given fragmental jackets (bullet-resistant vests) since they obtained drafted into the warfare theatre.

Some troopers, who spoke to SaharaReporters in Could, 2021 additionally lamented that the military owed them in uniform and boot allowances and likewise made deductions from their wage within the title of a housing scheme. 

They added that they’d not been consuming and feeding effectively since their deployment to Borno.

“There was no housing scheme within the pipeline that the brand new Chief of Military Workers met when he assumed workplace. No soldier was consulted, and questionnaires weren’t shared to sensitise or pattern the opinion of troops.

“Our wage has not been elevated; we nonetheless purchase uniforms and boots for ourselves; we dwell in dilapidated buildings. We have not been paid a uniform allowance and boot allowance. You might be deployed to an organization, the corporate pays the sum of N150,000, however the Commanding Officer pays every soldier N30,000,” a soldier had mentioned.

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