Tuesday, August 19, 2014

We Can't Fight Boko Haram Again, They're Killing Us –– Soldiers


There is fire on the mountain and if caution is not applied, it would spread. Some of the soldiers deployed to the troubled North Eastern part of Nigeria to restore peace and normalcy are complaining that they are not being given enough weapons and ammunition to fight the dreaded Boko Haram sect, according to the BBC.

Some soldiers were reported to have expressed fears of being overpowered by the insurgents, and as such the soldiers have vowed to resist any attempt by their Ogas to send them to Boko Haram strongholds again.

So, Boko Haram now have strongholds inside Nigeria? Serious Gobe!

Here what a Nigerian soldier said: “The Nigerian army is not ready to fight Boko Haram. Soldiers are dying like fowl. Boko Haram are inside the bush, everywhere. They [senior military officers] are sacrificing soldiers.”
The soldier, who spoke to the BBC under anonymity, disclosed that at least 40 of his colleagues would refuse orders to be deployed against Boko Haram members who have superior weapons of war.

You may wish to know that two weeks ago, wives of soldiers staged a protest at Giwa Barracks in Borno state, demanding that their husbands should not be send to areas known to be Boko Haram strongholds.

Defence spokesman, Major-General Chris Olukolade, had denied that Nigeria lacks the required equipment to prosecute a war against the insurgents. In a chat with TheCable, Olukolade said the Nigerian army has been appropriately utilising arms and ammunition at its disposal and that concerted efforts are being made to improve its artillery.

But who are those sponsoring terrorism? Are they richer than Nigeria? How come Boko Haram is winning?

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