President Buhari and the $1bn splurge on military equipment

Posted on Tue 27 November 2018 in Nigeria

President Buhari in April 2018 approved the release of $1bn for the procurement for military weapons with the stated intention of crushing the Boko Haram terrorist group. 7 months on, the threat from Boko Haram doesn't seem to have abated, especially in the light of recent events:

On November 18, Boko Haram militants raided a military base in Metele and killed scores of soldiers, reports indicate about 40 soldiers were killed but as always, the Nigerian Army disputes this figure, but according to the BBC, the Nigeria army did not provide its own figure.

Now, a video has come out supposedly recorded by some members of the Nigerian army based in Metele that were there at the time of the Boko Haram assault on the base, in the video, the soldiers are seen lamenting the state of the weapons and military equipments that they have at their disposal, if these claims are true, one has to ask what the $1bn released for the procurement of modern military weapons signed by President Buhari has been spent on.

President Buhari in the aftermath of the attack warned people from politicizing the deaths of the soldiers, while it may be right that the soldier's deaths shouldn't be turned into a political spectacle, the valid question remains that if Boko Haram militants can (repeatedly) attack Nigeria's military with impunity, what hope do the civilians have against these barbaric terrorists?.

Watch the video yourself below and make your own assumptions, the authenticity of the video has not been verified as of the time of writing this article -