Boko Haram: Alex Badeh’s confession vindicates Nigerian soldiers

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Eromosele Ebhomele
Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh
Many Nigerian soldiers, most of whom have been condemned to death, have been vindicated by the confession of the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, who on Thursday said that he headed a security force that was ill-funded and ill-equipped, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Moshood Oshun, has said.
Oshun, who represents lagos Mainland Constituency 2 at the House, said with the confession by Badeh, it was now clear that Nigerians had only been living by the grace of God rather than any reliance on the military.
He also called for the probing of how huge funds running into trillions of Naira meant for security, particularly the fight against the Boko Haram sect, was expended over the years.
Badeh, who was pulled out of service on Thursday after 38 years in the military, had listed different reasons why he could not quell the Boko Haram insurgency.
Apart from revealing that there were fifth columnists in the military who leaked military strategies and operations to the sect members, Badeh also accused former governments in the country of adhering to foreign influences and advice to reduce the military strength in number and equipment.
He also said he led a military that lacked relevant equipment and motivation to fight an enemy that was invisible and embedded with the local populace.
“First, I would say Badeh’s confession is a confirmation that many of those who headed various portfolios in the Goodluck Jonathan administration lacked the competence to fit into their various offices.
“There are several questions to ask concerning his attempt to seek public sympathy.
“What will Badeh say about what happened to the huge allocations to the fight against Boko Haram yearly for the five years that Jonathan was President? He complained that military officials lacked requisite training and had …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper