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Our Soldiers Die In Scores, Our Politicians Steal In Billions

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Nigeria News takes a look at the recent killings of Nigerian troops by the Boko Haram insurgents.

After seeing the latest video released by Boko Haram insurgents, I conclude that this government is stinking with deceits.

The terrorists have not been defeated either technically or practically as the case may be.

Worst still, many of our young and promising army officers are being gunned down by this blood drinking fanatics in North East Nigeria.

The picture of a soldier kneeling to pray for the repose of the soul of a colleague soldier reveals what the Nigeria troops pass through fighting insurgency. They use their fists to resist the bullet of the terrorists.

It all happened in Melete, a military facility in Borno State, where these gallant soldiers wield rusty rifles and obsolete weapons to fight terrorists who carry sophisticated guns.

But they fight despite the government’s failure to provide necessary and modern weapons. They are turned to the earth not because they lacked the skills and intelligence but because we have a government that cares little about the soldiers and the civilians.

President Muhammadu Buhari has been consumed by politics, he thinks more of how to win the 2019 election now than the fight against the insurgency.

He could do nothing on the Nigeria Labour who has been calling for a new minimum wage. The governors would not bother if scores and hundreds of soldiers die every month.

What matters most to these governors is their security votes that are never in the budget and would never be accounted for.

They steal in billions of naira; they send their children abroad to study; they see their wives almost every day for kisses and other activities in the other rooms.

But for soldiers, the wives only pray that they live. The prayer of the children of our soldiers is that their fathers should go to war and come back home.

But these days, the soldiers perish in the war against the insurgents, many of them buried with just a medal of honour.

You will ask me, did they not sign to die?

Yes, they signed to protect the sovereignty of this nation with their lives and so they did.

But we also pledge to Nigeria, our country, to be faithful, loyal and honest. To serve Nigeria with all our strength and defend her unity and uphold her honour and glory.

Wither the faithfulness and honesty, when politicians who stole in the past have suddenly become the friends of the present government?

There is a need for this government to ask for God’s forgiveness. Our soldiers are being slaughtered on a daily basis.

And it is worrisome that some Nigerians believe that the killings are political. Perhaps these sets of people were not in the country when the soldiers protested against the use of obsolete weapons.

Were these set of Nigerians around when the soldiers cried out that they lacked the necessary welfare to fight the insurgents?

Were they in the country when the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said that the government had provided the soldiers all the necessary welfare and that none of them was owed.

Reacting in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, President Muhammadu Buhari said that no Commander in Chief would allow his soldiers to be massacred the way Boko Haram did to Nigerian troops.

But this was done a few days ago and it challenged my curiosity to want to know about a commander in chief whose troops are being massacred but failed to act. This should stop.

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