Nigerian Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Kenneth Minimah has confirmed that most soldiers fighting Boko Haram insurgents are cowards, lack discipline and are deserters.
He made it clear that the greatest impediments in the fight against Boko Haram terrorist fighters are these acts of cowardice, indiscipline and desertion from duty within the rank and files of the Nigerian military.
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) stated this through its twitter handle @DefenceInfoNG as one of the highlights of Minimah, during the just concluded “COAS 3rd Quarter Conference 2014” in Abuja, with General Officers Commanding (GOCs) and other Operational Commanders.
The Army Chief had, during the event, frowned at what he described as “the rising acts of indiscipline and unprofessional conduct by troops”.
He recalled the attempted mutiny by troops in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, against the then GOC 7 Division, Maj.Gen Ahmadu Mohammed.
The COAS blamed this on the fact that most people who joined the military in recent times, do so out of the need for employment and not passion for military service. [myad]