A palpable tension is beginning to ensue in the Nigerian Army as President, Muhammadu Buhari, has demanded that the military chiefs provides him with documents detailing how monies released for arms procurement to fight Boko haram were spent.
According to report, the President ordered that the military echelon make available the records of total amount of money it received from the federal government to curb the insurgents.
Top military sources that revealed this development hinted that these and many other decision were taken after the president met with the service chiefs comprising of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh, Chief Of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Kenneth Minimah, Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin, Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshall Adesola Amosu, and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase.
The source who prefer anonymity said the president may have taken the decision due to grumbling in the military by some personnel, who feel that their bosses and other of their colleagues occupying strategic appointments might have taken advantage of the operations counter terrorism to make huge money and deny the juniors fighting the war their basic benefits.
The source said: “I can assure you that the president has given them a definite order to produce the records of how they spent the money allocated to them for the Boko Haram war, this in in terms of weapons purchase, kits, logistics and others.
We decided to reach the president on this because a lot of our officers and soldiers who were not supposed to have died lost their lives while most of those that were lucky to be alive are now deformed, while the big bosses, at the expense of the young soldiers enjoy their ill wealth.”
“Some of us who are aggrieved decided to use our means to reach the president and tell him how our big men looted the money meant for the war.
To buttress how bad the situation degenerated, he revealed that: “Most of our personnel have no bullet proof jackets, no uniforms, prompting the soldiers to wear all manner of shades of camouflage. They are poorly fed and most times denied payment of operation allowances.”
There were reports of corruption in arms procurement in the Nigerian army following which several soldiers refused to battle Boko Haram insurgents because they lack the proper weapons.
Information further gathered suggests that those that took part in the arms deal now run around to gather whatever they can get to make refunds before nemesis catches up with them.