A Nigerian soldier who spent four years in Borno state fighting Boko Haram has narrated how their commander shot dead arrested Boko Haram member who identified and called him by his name.
In a two hours journey inside a train from Kaduna to Abuja, a soldier who said he spent four years in Borno state fighting Boko Haram narrated to our reporter his experiences in the Northeast fighting insurgency.
“Sir you will not believe, but I can tell you for sure, the problem of Boko Haram lingering for a long time, lies on the behaviours of the military, the senior officials, he told our reporter.
Do you know that we arrested a soldier who knows our commander by his name? That was one thing that happened that my colleagues and I do not know how to express till today, he added.
In one of our operations, we arrested a Boko Haram member in a gun battle, we tied his hands behind his back and were waiting for our commander to give us an order to eliminate him, when our commander arrived the scene and used his military boot to kick the arrested insurgent on his head, the arrested Boko Haram member looked up, called our commander by his name and said, so you are doing this to me.
As soon as he identified our commander and called his name, our commander collected a pistol from a soldier and shot him to death, he told our reporter.
That action made us understand that Boko Haram is a network of crime that is being carried out by senior military officials.
Asked why he said Boko Haram is a network of crime, he said, the money senior military officials are making as a result of Boko Haram is what they cannot afford to take their hands off it.
“Like as I had told you, the greatest problem of insecurity in this country is caused by the army”, he told our reporter.
From Kaduna to Abuja, for a two hours journey, the soldier was narrating how the actions of the military top officials are fuelling and sustaining Boko Haram activities.
“I can assure you, if soldiers are allowed the freedom and support to fight Boko Haram, in less than two months, there will be no single Boko Haram in the whole of Northeast”, the soldier said.
Pointing at how the top military officials perpetuate corruption in the fight against Boko Haram, the soldier said, Nigerian federal government releases money for 800 soldiers in each of the troops, but in reality, no troop in Northeast is more than 300.
” In my troop, we are 250 he said”
Top military officials pocket the remaining money having known no troop in Northeast is above 300.
He warned that if the Nigerian government does not immediately address the injustice melted on the junior soldiers fighting Boko Haram, there will be an outbreak of rebels among some junior ranks, and that will make the situation more complicated and dire for the nation.
WEST AFRICA REPORTERS (WAR) could not immediately reach out to the military authority for a response over the soldier claim.
However, a military official who is at Maiduguri, Borno State capital fighting insurgency, told this newspaper that there is huge corruption that is going on in the fight against Boko Haram and that is making the military to compromise its standard of operation, pointing out that is dangerous to the military as an institution.