Army chief of staff Tukur Buratai, has said that the two months’ allowances owed soldiers involved in Operation Lafiya Dole, would be paid this week.
Buratai said in a statement issued on his behalf by to Sani Usman, army spokesman, that the release of funds by the ministry of defence would facilitate the payment.
He made the promise less than 24 hours after an online news platform published the letter which an anonymous soldier wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The soldier had among other things complained of poor welfare and alleged corruption in the army.
He said he and his colleagues borrow money from civilians to be able to feed.
In the statement, Usman said Buratai sent letters to soldiers on the battlefront to encourage and motivate them.
“The chief of army staff (COAS), Nigerian Army, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai has today despatched a special message of assurance, encouragement and commendation to troops of the Nigerian Army engaged in various operations both within and outside the country,” the statement read.
“This is contained in a letter sent to various formations and corps commanders, as well as commanders of the various training institutions of the Nigerian Army on Sunday 5th November 2017.
“In the letter, Lieutenant General Buratai showered encomiums on the troops for the unflinching loyalty, perseverance, courage and dedication to duty which brought about the desired success in the fight against terrorism, insurgency and other criminal activities.
“He also paid glowing tribute to those troops stationed outside the shores of our great nation.
“The COAS has also 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 2017 from the Ministry of Defence.
“He further stated that this would facilitate the payment of operational allowances owed to them for the last 2 months this week accordingly.
“The COAS while thanking them for their patriotism, patience and understanding, further reiterated that he will ensure that as usual, all funds meant for the troops and the Operation LAFIYA DOLE will always be paid promptly when received from the appropriate Ministries.
“He further stated that the Nigerian Army High Command under his leadership will continue to remain responsible, responsive and accountable to troops’ operational requirements.”