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    Corruption: Nigerian army's fight against Boka Haram rebels is terribly hindered by past corruption

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    Once the best military in West Africa, Nigeria's army is now struggling to fend off the threat of Boko Haram.

    From 2001 to 2012 the military received $19bn. Yearly, that is only about one percent of GDP, even falling to half a percent in 2006. On average, nations typically spend around two percent of GDP.

    But in 2014, Nigeria spent $5.8bn on security, a quarter of the total budget.

    Of the $5.8bn, roughly a third went to the Defence Ministry, that is $830m for the army, $440m for the navy, and $460n for the air force. Another $400m was spent on deployments and missions.

    However, much of that money has allegedly fuelled corruption or been siphoned off to enrich regional governments.

    This has led to an under resourced military, short of guns and ammunition.

    It has allowed Boko Haram to extend its influence, threatening national elections which last month were postponed for six weeks so the army could take on the armed group.

    Meanwhile, in the prosperous oil-rich Niger Delta, it is estimated that over a five year period to 2008, oil theft and attacks by armed groups have cost the country about $100bn.
    READ IT:http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/countingthecost/2015/03/corruption-blights-nigerian-army-fight-rebels-150320160800536.html
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