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  • on 17.12.2014
  • at 01:20 PM
  • by Kevin

Nigeria/Boko Haram: Dear President… 0

Nigeria’s army is not in a position to defeat Islamist terror group Boko Haram, according to one of the army’s commanding officers stationed in the northeast of the country.

In a letter addressed to the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and Senate President David Mark, he explains the difficult conditions in which the officers must operate, which include corruption, lack of resources and ineffective administration among others.

The letter was leaked to the online media international reporters community Sahara Reporters, which published it on their website yesterday.

Below is the beginning of the officer’s letter addressed to Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan.

PLEASE MR PRESIDENT SAVE THE MILITARY AND NIGERIA FROM COLLAPSING

1.    Sir, I am constrain to write you this letter which I consider it a matter of more than great importance for me to inform you and put to record issues that are happening in the North East (Operation Zaman Lafiya). I choose this medium to write you this open letter because I have written similar letter but no action was taking which I believe some forces have blocked it are now after my life. Sir I have served in 7 Division as staff officer and presently I am the commanding officer of 103Bn in the field. My combined wealth of experience as a staff officer and now commanding officer are the disturbing fact that necessitated me to write you this letter. While as a staff officer, I was among those who believed that the commanders in the field are not doing well. But presently, as a commander in the field, I found out that it is not the fault of any commander that the defeat of the so called BOKO HARAM (BH) has not been achieved.

2.    First and foremost sir, the Nigerian Army is poorly equipped in the North East, if all the battalions are well-equipped as required; it will not take the Army more than two weeks to flush out the BH. Presently there are four units in my location here in KONDUGA including 21 Armoured Brigade HQ. If all the units are provided with all their requirements, we can advance and flush out BH out of North East. Mr. President sir, the Nigerian Army is well-trained and capable of defending our nation. It has demonstrated the capacity to even successfully enforce peace in other nations. Why not in our own country Nigeria?

Read the full letter at Sahara Reporters

By Sophie Blais – Afronline

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