Senator Ali Ndume has disclosed that things are so bad within the Nigeria Army to the extent that ammunition are now being rationed to soldiers to prosecute the war against Boko Haram, banditry and terrorism.
This was as he said the situation of insecurity in the country has worsened to the extent that Nigerians now negotiate with criminal elements to ensure peace.
The senator, who represents Borno South Senatorial District in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, made the disclosure while speaking in Abuja.
Ndume, said military personnel have been lamenting over the lack of funds, declaring that soldiers no longer carry new AK-47 rifles.
The federal lawmaker said the situation of insecurity in the country had gotten to a stage where citizens negotiate with criminal elements to ensure peace.
“Never in the history of this country has Nigeria been challenged from various angles like this time. It has gotten so bad that in this country of ours, citizens now negotiate with criminals to live in peace.
“When we confront the Nigerian Army [and ask them], ‘why are you not performing?’, they will tell us ‘we don’t have money; we only manage with what we have.’
“I interact with the armed forces very regularly. It is so bad that the Nigerian Army is rationing ammunition. Rationing is common. They ration ammunition. I have gone round the formations; I have not seen a Nigerian soldier holding a brand new AK-47 yet,” he said.