- The federal government expressed the confidence that insurgency will be reduced if more troops are recruited
- The minister of defense, Maj Gen Bashir Magash, speaks about plans on how to end the insurgency war
- Nigerian has been fighting insurgency in the country for over a decade
The Nigerian government has disclosed that it will soon embark on massive recruitment in an effort to increase the manpower of the military to end insecurity.
“We have studied the requirements; that’s why we are here to verify and see how best we can solve these problems in order to bring this war to an end in favor of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Very soon we will embark on the recruitment of other soldiers and officers so that we can improve on manpower holdings of these operations.''
The minister promised that the federal government will purchase new equipment to improve the efficiency of the army.
Vanguard reported that encouraged troops to ensure that insurgents in Borno and Yobe state completely defeated.
He expressed confidence in the ability of the military to win the counter-insurgency war.
“We also believe in your commitments and the professionl skills of fighting Boko Haram insurgents to end the war.''
However, as insecurity worsens across the country, a finding by Legit.ng has shown that a large number of Nigerian citizens have no interest in enlisting in the Nigerian Army.
A commentator, Nwanne Cele told Legit.ng that he would prefer to join the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) among others than enlist in the army.
The engineer stated that government officials are free to enlist their children in the army.
Despite being unemployed at the moment, Nwanne ruled out any plans of joining the army.
Another citizen, Frank Nwafor, told Legit.ng that joining the Nigerian Army at this period is a bad idea.
Nwafor who lives in Borno state informed Legit.ng correspondent via a chat on social media that the many soldiers among the troops engaged in the decade-long war against Boko Haram have lost their lives.
He said he would not advise anyone to think of enlisting in the army.
''Do you know how many Youths have lost their lives in the course of securing the country?
Look, I'm in Borno state right now I know the conditions the soldiers are facing.
So, I never wish my enemies to be a soldier. For those in it already, we pray for God's blessings for them. Because it is only Him that can reward them.''
When asked about why he thinks soldiers are subjected to such conditions, he blamed those in government for the deplorable conditions of some servicemen.
''Why all this is happening because of the heartless government.''
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has disclosed that it killed insurgents of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Borno state
According to the director army public relations, Mohammed Yerima, the terrorists were killed when they attacked Damasak on a revenge mission.
Yerima disclosed in a statement via Facebook on Friday, April 16, that among those killed in the battle with troops were a senior commander of ISWAP, Bukar Gana Fitchmeram (aka Abu Aisha), and scores of his fighters.
The newspaper stated the soldiers raided the bandits’ hideouts within the borders of Benue and Nasarawa states on Saturday, April 17.
The bandits had earlier attacked Anune villagers, a rural community in the outskirts of Makurdi LGA, and allegedly killed unspecified numbers of people.