Army shops for superior weapons …To end Boko Haram insurgency, warns soldiers against mutiny

The Nigerian Army has ordered for more sophisticated weapons to enable it end the war with the Boko Haram Islamic sect in the near future.

This was declared by Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah while addressing officers and men of the 82 division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, recently, as part of his tour of military formations.

He said that with the procurement of the weapons, Boko Haram days are numbered.

“We are procuring more weapons for the war against Boko Haram. We will end the war with Boko Haram very, very soon, there is no doubt we will win the war,” Minimah said.

He noted that winning the war was the only way the Army and its officers and men could earn the confidence and adulation of Nigerians.

“Let us show the country that we can do that in the North East and then we shall walk tall in Nigeria,” he said.

The COAS also warned soldiers to steer clear of politics and politicians who might want to use them to score political points, saying that they should refuse to work for politicians during campaigns or elections.

He assured the officers and men of God commitment to their welfare and warned them on the consequences of mutiny which is death sentence.

The BBC had reported mutiny among soldiers deployed to the state of emergency zones, recently, an allegation the army authorities said was under investigation.

Lt. Gen. Minimah also frowned at the actions of some army officers’ wives who attempted to stop their husbands from being deployed, reminding the wives that the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives (NAOWA) was not a trade union and should not interfere with military duties.

BBC had quoted one of the alleged mutineers as saying that he and 39 others would refuse orders to deploy, alleging that “Soldiers are dying like fowl”.

“.The Nigerian Army is not ready to fight Boko Haram,” he was quoted as saying, adding that they were not being given enough weapons and ammunition.

However, Defence Headquarters spokesman, Sen. Chris Olukolade, describing that they were lies by an anonymous soldier’ and that the level of cowardice described in the report was not in the character of the Nigerian soldier.

He stressed that no soldier is ever sent to the frontline without being provided with necessary equipment.