Nigerian Soldier Warns Of Impending Mutiny, Says Troops Pay N42k Each For Uniforms, Live In “Barracks Fit For Rearing Goats”
According to a report by SaharaReporters, a Nigerian soldier said that there could be a mutiny against top officers in the military if the authorities don’t fix the major problems that are hurting the troops.
In an interview with SaharaReporters, the soldier said this in a fit of anger.
The soldier from the 23 Brigade at Gibson Jalo Cantonment in Yola, Adamawa State, said that the way soldiers are treated could soon turn into a crisis, which could lead to a violent breakdown of law and order.
The soldier spoke to SaharaReporters on the condition of anonymity and asked President Muhammadu Buhari to look into what is going on in the military, especially things that involve and affect the rank and file.
He said that each soldier has to pay N42,000 for the military gear they wear, which he called unfair. He also complained about how bad the accommodation given to soldiers are.
He said,“I joined the Nigeria Army in 2013 and since then I have been given a military kit only once. I buy everything I wear as a soldier sent to the frontline to battle against terrorists.
“The kit cost N42,000; N25,000 for khaki and N17,000 for boots and you have to own like four to five sets at a time.
“Besides, go to our barracks and see for yourself, everywhere is dilapidated, looking like facilities for rearing goats.
“Worse still, no reasonable benefits get to families of our fallen heroes and colleagues; things can’t continue this way, please.”
“Let me warn that things will not continue this way for too long, we’re human beings; we can react, we can revolt and I fear when it happens, it would be bloody,”he added.