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Published On: Fri, Sep 12th, 2014

We will help to fight Boko Haram if FG settles our entitlements – Retired soldiers

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jtf Nigerian_troops_0From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos

Some aggrieved retired soldiers have vowed that they would help Nigerian government to end Boko Haram insurgency if it settled their entitlements.

Gabriel Onaiyekan, who spoke on behalf of the protesters on the Hausa Service of the BBC in Abuja, monitored in Jos yesterday, said that they were ready to fight Boko Haram insurgency bedeviling the North-East, stressing that they had the tactical maneuver to be employed to end the five-year insurgency in the country.

Onaiyekan who held from Ibadan said, “If our entitlements are paid, we will assist the Nigerian government to fighting Boko Haram. We have the tactical maneuver that we will employ to end Boko Haram. Ending insurgency in the Nigeria is not a big problem. It is a small issue.

He noted that they (retired soldiers) have fought the Biafran war, which was more difficult and sensitive compared to the Boko Haram insurgency, and had succeeded, adding that the sect could be wiped out as they were not afraid of dying.

On the issue of Nigerian soldiers who fled to Cameroon some days back, Oneyika said the fleeing soldiers had taken the right decision, saying that they were not given sophisticated weapons to confront the insurgents and therefore they had to run for their lives.

Recall that the aggrieved retired soldiers had staged protests three times in three months, asking government to settle their entitlements but were unsuccessful.


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