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Nigerian soldiers better paid than terrorists -Army

The Sun logo The Sun 02/05/2019 Rapheal

File Photo-Nigerian soldiers hold a military meeting after patrolling Aba, a city in southern eastern Nigeria and a stronghold for pro-biafran separatists, during a military patrol © Getty Images File Photo-Nigerian soldiers hold a military meeting after patrolling Aba, a city in southern eastern Nigeria and a stronghold for pro-biafran separatists, during a military patrol The Nigerian Army has described the rumor making the rounds in the social media that the Boko Haram terrorists are better paid than soldiers as very shameful.

The army says it was most shameful that the claims were coming from a member of the Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative, Dr Sidi Ali Mohammed.

Mohammed had, in lecture he presented, disclosed that terrorists get a daily pay of $3,000 as against Nigerian soldiers who earn N1,000 daily.

The army said Mohammed “must have been associated with the terrorists group beyond what he may want the public to know for having the knowledge of how much a terrorist earns per day to commit atrocities against fellow Nigerians and other innocent people, including women and children.”

Acting director army public relations, Colonel Saghir Musa, who made this known in a statement, described Mohammed’s claims as deliberate attempt not just to demoralize the patriotic soldiers in the war front but also a way of luring the gullible Nigerian youths to join the terrorists. 

Musa said the army would “take the necessary steps to formally report him to the appropriate authorities to further substantiate these unfounded allegations.

“It is also criminal and preposterous to compare the gallant soldiers of our Armed Forces with the rag tag terrorists’ criminal gang.  Indeed, there is no such basis at all between the outlawed criminal terrorists, who commit crime against humanity and our highly patriotic, courageous and brave soldiers whose sacrifice cannot be quantified. 

“Over time, we have been alerting the world that the menace of Boko Haram terrorism is being aided and abetted by sympathizers such as Dr Sidi Ali Mohammed. 

“His statement could be part of the deliberate attempt to demoralise the patriotic soldiers serving their fatherland so that the terrorists will take advantage of it.  It is also a way of swaying the gullible youths to believe the lies of Boko Haram terrorists as being peddled by him.

“Therefore, we are calling on all Nigerians to discountenance the statement credited to Mohammed while we take necessary steps to formally report him to the appropriate authorities to further substantiate these unfounded allegations. 

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We would like to assure the public that the Nigerian Army would remain resolute and focused in the fight against terrorism and insurgency in our great nation and no amount of distraction or terrorists’ propaganda will dissuade it”

Meanwhile, the army said it is taking steps to report Mohammed to appropriate authorities over his knowledge on Boko Haram welfare.

Musa made this known in a statement yesterday. Reacting to Mohammed’s allegation that the “terrorist group members earn as much as $3,000 daily as against the Nigerian soldier who is paid N1, 000 only.’’

He, however, urged Nigerians to discountenance the statement credited to Mohammed, saying “steps are being taken to formally report him to the appropriate authorities to further substantiate these unfounded allegations.’’

Musa said that the Nigerian army’s attention was drawn to the false claim credited to Mohammed as published in some social media platforms.

“In it, he alleged that the criminal terrorist group members earn as much as $3,000 daily, as against the Nigerian soldier who is paid N1, 000 only.

“This is not true, pure lie and highly irresponsible comment coming from a supposedly knowledgeable person of his calibre.”

He alleged that Mohammed’s statement could be part of a deliberate attempt to demoralise patriotic troops serving their fatherland so that the terrorists can take advantage of it.

Mohammed had allegedly lamented that Boko Haram has been hijacked and operates like a cartel.

“I will give you an example. The Nigerian military, for example, gets N1, 000 per day for being in the Northeast, at the war front, as an allowance.

“The same Northeast, where if you are a member of Boko Haram you get $3,000 per day, as allowance.  So, it is lucrative.

“Sometimes, they even give you money upfront.  So, we must do something about the youths from where they are recruiting,” he was quoted to have said.

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