Soldiers fighting Boko Haram insurgents in the North East have lamented in the poor state of their equipments and mass killing of their colleagues due to poor fire power and inadequate equipments to persecute the war against insurgents (Bokoharam).
A soldier who pleaded anonymity lamented that contrary to claims by their superiors that there was laxity among the soldiers in the ongoing fight to totally defeat Boko Haram, the soldiers are always battle ready to face all kinds of situation that demands their calling, but are often frustrated when what they have to confront the insurgents cannot in the real sense carry out the task.
According to him, ” Enlisting into the Army, every foot soldier knows his duty. To go to any operation in defence of his or her country. Fighting Boko Haram is like any other war that needs all the support and equipment. But in a situation whereby a soldier is left with only AK47 riffle, which has a shooting range of 33m to face a Boko Haram fighter using AA, you know, there is definitely no win for the soldier. AA can travel thousands of meters and with that, they can bring down a soldier. A soldier’s riffle cannot bring down Boko Haram that is not within its shooting range.”