Over 356 Nigerian soldiers fighting the Boko Haram insurgency have resigned from the army citing frustration as the main reason behind their decision to exit.
WAR leaned that the soldiers are not happy over how they are been frustrated by confronting the Boko Haram insurgents making it possible for them to be killed in almost all the attacks.
Military sources say the soldiers who have since resigned were mainly deployed in the northeast.
They are in the rank of master warrant officers, warrant officers, staff sergeants, sergeants, lance corporals, corporals, and privates.
Worse still, despite the development, the Nigerian army has since via its official Twitter handle denied that any of the soldiers resigned, describing the news as fake.
However, military sources have since confirmed the story to be true, one of the sources who spoke to WAR via a telephone conversation from Maiduguri the Borno state capital said soldiers who resigned from the army may be more than 356 as reported.
He, however, said that apart from those who voluntarily followed the normal process and resigned, there are huge numbers of soldiers who have since abandoned the army and cannot be traced.
Some of the soldiers in the northeast have dropped their guns, uniform and left with no trace, a military source said.
A military source said the soldiers are frustrated and are tired of seeing their colleagues killed over the betrayal. Allow the soldiers on the field to do their work and see if Boko Haram won’t be defeated in three days, he added.
The source queried why over 40 soldiers will be killed and more than 50 missing in the last week’s Damboa attack and the military authority will say only two were killed.
He, however, said that was a betrayal of the soldiers by their colleagues who ought to stand and defend their interest.
The source pointed out that the army authority will receive more letters from soldiers who want to resign and exit the army, describing what is going on in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents as sacrificing the army in which they are not ready to continue enduring.