Soldiers Lament Non-Payment Of Allowances


No less than two hundred soldiers who fought in the 2015 AU Peace-keeping operation in Guinea Bissau have lamented the non-payment of their six months’ allowances. Speaking to journalists in Yola, Adamawa state, some of the affected soldiers of 158 Task Force Battalion situated in Gubio Local Government Area of Borno state say that the failure by military authority to pay the allowances is already generating tension in the affected battalion. This development, the soldiers say, is affecting the fight against insurgency. They lamented how men committed to fighting Boko Haram have been starved of their allowances despite their sacrifices. soldiers lament over allowances 2 A soldier among the affected soldiers said they were in Yola purposely to express their displeasure to the press so that those concerned will release their outstanding allowances. Also See: How The Army Caught These Boko Haram Strategists Since 1960, Nigeria has been an active participant in UN peacekeeping missions, deploying military contingents, unarmed military observers, military staff officers, formed police units, police advisors and civilian experts to over 25 UN missions. Nigeria is currently one of the largest UN contributing countries with military and civilian personnel deployed in ten UN peacekeeping operations and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Nigeria has also played pivotal roles in other non-UN missions in Africa. As the preponderant power in West Africa, Nigeria has been the main provider of military and other resources for ECOWAS peace operations to the tune of US$8 billion in its various missions in Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, and Sierra Leone. Although Nigeria has been among the top five contributors to UN peacekeeping operations, the prevailing domestic security challenges faced by Nigeria, if not quickly addressed, might restrict its participation in future missions. Read Also: Soldiers And Herdsmen Clash In Abuja The Boko Haram insurgency has grown from a strictly domestic affair, to an issue of global concern. Due to domestic security issues, the country has been spending about 20% of its national budget on defense and security matters.