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Corruption weakens Nigeria’s efforts to battle Boko Haram

The Ombudsman international Transparency says Nigeria’s efforts to battle the Islamist insurgency of Boko Haram is weakening due to corruption in Military.

Reports says the Islamist Military group has killed over 20 000 people and millions were kidnaped.

During 2015 election Campaign President Muhammadu Buhari promised that his regime aims to battle extensive corruption and defeating an uprising of Boko Haram.

“Corrupt military officials have been able to benefit from the conflict through the creation of fake defence contracts, the proceeds of which are often laundered abroad in the UK, US and elsewhere,” the watchdog said in a statement.

In 2015 Nigeria’s vice president confirmed that $15 billion had been stolen from government through fraudulent arms procurement deals.

International Transparency said this had left the military “without vital equipment, insufficiently trained, low in morale and under-resourced”.

“This has crippled the Nigerian military in fighting an aggressive ideologically inspired enemy such as Boko Haram,” the watchdog said pointing to cases of soldiers taking on the militants without ammunition or fuel.

Major General John Enenche Spokesperson of defence has dismissed allegations saying the military has done a lot and it will continue to implement mandate within its leadership.

“A lot has been done to train, boost troops’ morale and procure vital equipment through due process,” adding that the military “will continue to get better with the right kind of leadership that we have today”.

The military says it has recaptured much of the territory claimed by Boko Haram since the conflict began in 2009. But the reclaimed areas are often razed towns, or islands of relative safety and highways connecting them to larger cities.

The report also says countries such as the United States could encourage defence reform by withholding arms, such as the planned sale of up to a dozen Super Tucano A-29 aircraft to help the fight against Boko Haram.

International Transparency says Nigerian government must allocate a budget for Military equipment.

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