Boko Haram ‘We’ve solved issue of hungry soldiers,’ Army says

The army, in response, said that the incident happened six months ago and had since been resolved.

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Soldiers cordon off a road leading to the scene of a blast at a business district in Abuja play Nigerian army soldiers stand guard as they cordon off a road leading to the scene of a blast at a business district in Abuja June 25, 2014. (REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)
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The Nigerian Army has reacted to a video which shows a group of soldiers complaining of hunger and thirst.

The soldiers, who are among those fighting Boko Haram in the North-East, also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to come to their aid.

However, the army, in response, said that the incident happened six months ago and had since been resolved.

“The attention of Nigerian army has been drawn to a video clip circulating on social media of soldiers alleging lack of food and water,” Army spokesman, Sani Usman said in a statement.

“We wish to state that the video clip was shot more than six months ago by some mischievous and disgruntled elements when 29 task force brigade captured Alagarno Forest and environs in Borno state.

“It is disheartening that some mischievous elements have decided to circulate it now, creating the false impression that it is a recent occurrence.

“We wish to state further that the matter was conclusively investigated at the time, several months ago. The board of inquiry actually showed that, as at the time of the incident, the unit’s water tanker still contained water, but a soldier mischievously concealed it. That soldier was charged and punished accordingly.

“In addition to the unit’s water tanker, a borehole was subsequently drilled at the location and it is still serving both the military and adjoining communities," he added.

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Usman also said that the Nigerian Army remains committed to the total welfare of all its personnel.

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