The Nigerian Army has described Dr. Sidi Ali Mohammed, a member of Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative as being irresponsible and a liar for comparing what Nigerian soldiers are being paid per day and what Boko Haram is also paying to members per day.
The spokesman of the Army, Colonel Sagir Musa, who made this known in a statement today, Wednesday vowed to report Sidi Ali to appropriate authority over his alleged knowledge of Boko Haram welfare.
Sagir Musa was reacting to Sidi Ali’s allegation that the “terrorist group members earn as much as $3,000 daily, as against the Nigerian soldier who is paid N1,000 only for the same duration.’’
Colonel Sagir called on Nigerians to discountenance the statement credited to Sidi Ali, saying: “steps are being taken to formally report him to the appropriate authorities to further substantiate these unfounded allegations.”
Sagir Musa described Sidi Ali’s statement as “false claim. In it, he alleged that the criminal terrorist group members earn as much as $3,000 daily, as against the Nigerian soldier who is paid N1,000 only.
“This is not true, pure lie and highly irresponsible comment coming from a supposedly knowledgeable person of his calibre.
“It is also criminal and preposterous to compare the gallant soldiers of our Armed Forces with the ragtag terrorist criminal gang.
“Indeed, there is no such basis at all between the outlawed criminal terrorist who commits crime against humanity and our highly patriotic, courageous and brave soldiers whose sacrifice cannot be quantified.”
Colonel Sagis said that over time, the Army have been alerting the world that the menace of Boko Haram terrorism was being “aided and abetted by sympathizers.”
The Army spokesman alleged that Sidi Ali’s statement could be part of a deliberate attempt to demoralise patriotic troops serving their fatherland so that the terrorists can take advantage of it.
“It is also a way of swaying the gullible youths to believe the lies of Boko Haram terrorists.”
He, however, assured Nigerians that the Army would remain resolute and focused in the fight against terrorism and insurgency, adding, “No amount of distraction or terrorists’ propaganda will dissuade it.’’
Sidi Ali had lamented that Boko Haram has been hijacked and operates like a cartel.
“I will give you an example. The Nigerian military, for example, gets N1,000 per day for being in the Northeast, at the war front, as an allowance — the same Northeast, where if you are a member of Boko Haram you get $3,000 per day, as allowance. So it is lucrative.
“Sometimes, they even give you money upfront. So, we must do something about the youths from where they are recruiting,” Mohammed was quoted to have said.