A Nigerian army officer engaged in the fight against Boko Haram has alleged that immediate past army officers were using Boko Haram war as a lucrative business to make money at the expense of their lives.
He also alleged that soldiers at the front have been using outdated weapons to fight Boko Haram and ISWAP insurgents.
The soldier, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the troops still use guns recovered from the Biafra Army after the civil war ended in 1970.
He said, “Some of these guns were bought by (Chukwuemeka Odumegwu) Ojukwu for the Biafran Army during the civil war. They were handed over to the Nigerian government after he and other leaders of the Biafra Army surrendered to General Yakubu Gowon.
“The bombs given to us by Buratai were made over 50 years ago as well, so we hardly use them,”.
The Nigerian Army had recently accused 149 soldiers of the 153 Infantry Battalion, Marte of abandoning the Boko Haram insurgency fight and fleeing over alleged inadequate provision of arms and ammunition.
It was gathered that the soldiers absconded from duty after insurgents attacked their camps, leaving scores of their colleagues dead.