The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume has bemoaned the poor state of the Nigerian Army.
According to him, the condition within the army has gotten so bad that the Nigerian Army now rations ammunition for soldiers and they no longer carry new AK-47 rifles.
He said: “Never in the history of this country has Nigeria been challenged from various angles like this time. It has gotten so bad that in this country of ours, citizens now negotiate with criminals to live in peace.
“When we confront the Nigerian army, ‘why are you not performing?’, they will tell us ‘we don’t have money; we only manage with what we have.’
“I interact with the armed forces very regularly. It is so bad that the Nigerian Army is rationing ammunition. Rationing is common. They ration ammunition. I have gone round the formations; I have not seen a Nigerian soldier holding a brand new AK-47 yet.”