Following an embarrassing anonymous letter by a soldier who claimed to be a private in Damaturu, Yobe State, which alleged that soldiers attache to Operation Lafiya Dole were being poorly catered for, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said funds have been released from the Ministry of Defence to pay the outstanding operational allowances of the troops.
In a statement signed by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, the army would this week begin the payment of allowances owed the troops for the last two months.
The anonymous soldier, who claimed to be a private in Damaturu, Yobe State, had alleged that soldiers in the frontline were being poorly treated as a result of massive corruption in the army.
His letter read in part –
“Your Excellency, this is the third month in a row that we have been denied of our operational allowances. We have to rely only on our meagre salary for everything. From battalion commanders to company and sector leaders, we are all in debt, because our salaries are not enough to sustain us at the battlefield, let alone feeding our families back at home.”
Buratai yesterday, Monday, November 6, confirmed that some of the troops were being owed allowances. He however said that all arrangements have been made to ensure that they were paid without delay.
To that respect, the army spokesman stated as follows –
“The COAS has assured troops, especially those on Operation Lafiya Dole of their welfare. This is coming from the good news of the release of funds for the payment of operational allowances and logistics for the third quarter of 2017 from the Ministry of Defence.”