Some years ago, I used to be of the belief that the Nigerian Army was not delivering their services genuinely, especially in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency that has been causing mayhem in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.
In fact, I could tell you that I am guilty of the crime of condemning the wrong people, thinking that they were not providing enough weapons for the Nigerian soldiers, but I can now put it to you that any Nigerian soldier that uploads any video complaining of some incompetence or unavailability of weapons is clearly lying and should be immediately court-martialed, because their actions are adversely misinforming the public about the internal affairs of the Nigerian Army.
For example, we can all remember the incident involving one of the Nigerian Army’s top commander, major-general Olusegun Adeniyi (now demoted of his position in the Nigerian army). In case the name sounds strange to you, let me refresh your brain.
Back in January 2020, a video surfaced online. In the video was Olusegun Adeniyi, who was the commanding officer of the operation Lafiya Dole in the North East of Nigeria. Adeniyi had actually said (in the video), that his convoy was attacked, but he and his men were able to repel the attack, as he went on to say that all of his gun trucks were almost destroyed and that they were non-functional at the moment.
While the real message in the video was Adeniyi asking for backup, we the civilians thought he was complaining of shortage of weapons. In fact, during the video session, the commanding officer made a statement that really proved that the Nigerian Army was and is still not joking in Sambisa Forest. He said and I quote;
“I’m standing here with sector 2 commander. The armed helicopter has just come over our head. The instruction I gave them, anything moving they should engage it because most of my gun trucks are not moving,”
Think about it, an armed helicopter patrolling above while ensuring the safety of the injured troops below? Come on, let us give it up for the Army and the Nigerian government, that is a big improvement if you ask me, and it also showed how battle already the Army is.
And for the records, Adeniyi was demoted because he did not act according to the codes of the Army, not because his complaints were implicating. Why must you send such message so your superiors publicly when you can actually pick up your phone and call them? Adeniyi made a mistake.
Now, if you are still the person I used to be some years back, the person who thinks the Army is joking around in Sambisa, then take a look at the photos below and rate these men.
Now that you have successfully cruise through these pictures, I am sure you now know that the Army does not lack weapons in the fight against Boko Haram and more importantly the danger they are facing each day trying to keep the North, East and West safe, especially from the reach of Boko Haram.
Thank you for reading.