A Nigerian man took to Twitter to share screenshots of chats he had with his younger brother, a Nigerian soldier deployed to the North-East region to fight Boko Haram.
From the chat, it was gathered that there was no ready medical treatment for Nigerian soldiers who fall ill while fighting the Boko Haram terrorists, threatening the sovereignty of the Nation. @jack_vince who shared between him and his younger brother, a Nigerian soldier tweeted;
MY YOUNGER BROTHER IS A SOLDIER serving close to the Cameroon border in the northeast. Below, I had a conversation with him today.
@DefenceInfoNG & @HQNigerianArmy, please set the records straight. If what my brother is saying is factual, the condition of troops is demoralising.
This is not the first time the sad plight of Nigerian soldiers fighting the insurgents will be reported. Few months ago,Nigerian troops fighting Boko Haram insurgents in North-east Nigeria complained that they have not received their allowances in the last two months.
Some of the soldiers who disclosed this to PREMIUM TIMES in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital said the situation was causing them hunger and deflating their morale. The soldiers whose identity cannot be revealed because they are not allowed to talk to journalists, said they are paid N30, 000 monthly as operation allowance and ration cash allowance (RCA).
“We are being forced to reach out to the media, not because we want to indict anybody, but to cry out and let the world, especially Nigerian government, know that we are dying of hunger here due to unpaid allowances”, said a ranked soldier who spoke to PREMIUM TIME reporter on phone.
“We that are under Operation Lafiya Dole are supposed to be paid special allowances of N1, 000 daily which amounts to N30, 000 or N31, 000 monthly as the case may be. But in the last two months now, nothing has been done in that regard.
“Also our RCA which takes care of the feeding of soldiers have also been defaulted, and this has left us in very dire situation with little or no morale to continue fighting.”