How corruption in the Nigerian military fuels Boko Haram

Nigeria is set to pass a record-breaking federal budget. After months of political wrangling, several governmental departments are in line to receive hundreds of millions of dollars from state coffers. Among the biggest beneficiaries is the country’s Ministry of Defense, which will receive around $440 million in capital expenditure alone.

But for Nigerians in the country’s troubled northeast, the planned cash injection isn’t necessarily good news. For years, the federal government has been amping up defense spending, hoping to stamp out Boko Haram, a militant group that has waged an armed insurgency in Nigeria since 2009.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    At the core of all difficult to defeat insurgencies lies a corrupt and/or unpopular government.
    Pick an insurgency that has lasted more that two years and you will invariably see that pattern.

  • BillyHW

    Nigeria corrupt? That’s the most racist thing I’ve ever heard.

  • canminuteman

    The planned injection of cash isn’t good news because they need the resources to fight Boko Haram? That tells you everything you need to know about whose side the author is on .