Nigerian soldier Senior Alolo has recently lost his life in the battle against the Boko Haram insurgency in the northern part of the country.
We will miss you dearly , you are indeed a hero because you have given your life to something bigger than yourself. A true son of Safana in Katsina state.”
The Nigerian army is the largest component of the Nigerian Armed Forces, and responsible for land warfare operations. It bears the brunt of the nation’s security challenges, notably the Boko Haram insurgency.
Once among Africa’s stronges and a mainstay of regional peacekeeping, it has become a flawed force.
The initially slow, heavy-handed response to the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency raised serious concerns, President Muhammadu Buhari has taken some steps to reverse the decline and has recorded significant gains against Boko Haram, but ongoing prosecution of former chiefs for graft have further deepened the military’s reputation as poorly governed and corrupt.