Buratai Army chief promises to pay soldiers fighting Boko Haram

The announcement is a reaction to a recent letter an unnamed soldier wrote to President Buhari.

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Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai

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Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, has promised to pay two months' allowances owed soldiers of the Nigerian Army involved in Operation Lafiya Dole.

In a statement signed by army spokesperson, Sani Usman, the army chief said the Ministry of Defence will facilitate the payment this week to soldiers on the front line of the war against terrorist group, Boko Haram, in the north.

The announcement is a reaction to a recent letter an unnamed soldier involved in the operation wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari to make corruption allegations against the military's leadership.

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The soldier had complained to the president about the inadequate welfare that soldiers are exposed to, particularly in respect to feeding, and also revealed that soldiers are owed three months of operations allowance, forcing them to borrow money from civilians.

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