By GEORGE ONMONYA DANIEL
A Nigerian Army battling Boko Haram in Maiduguri has written NEWISSUES Magazine to complain about hardship, unpaid allowances and abandonment.
“About the soldiers in the northeast who have not been paid their allowances, I am part of them. What we are facing here is nothing to write home about.” He confided with NEWISSUES. He wrote from his base in Maiduguri after we reported the story by our correspondent Jack Vince about unpaid allowances.
“Some our our soldiers have not been paid for six months. Many have missed their allowances for like six months.”
That aside the soldiers complained of not being given chance at all to go and visit their family. This soldier in particular complained about being in the North East since 2013 shortly after he got married.
“Many families have been shattered due to their absence. We are clamouring for change. Soldiers are over due in the northeast. They need to be changed. It has affected a lot of us here.”
Soldiers have stayed too long in the North East that their moral is now low, coupled with unpaid allowances. Some of them go AWOL. Another army who wrote to NEWISSUES said the army is like slavery.
They accuse their commanders of not caring because they are making money from the whole process.