The Nation quotes Africa Center Director J. Peter Pham on corruption in Nigeria’s government and the misallocation of millions from the nation’s defense and security budget:

Now, if Badeh knew his troops did not have equipment, why approve the killing of soldiers who refused to make themselves available for suicide? Perhaps it did not occur to him and his colleagues that these soldiers are somebody’s children; somebody’s husbands; somebody’s fathers, some people’s breadwinners, etc. Again, was the former chief of defence staff not aware of the billions that had been budgeted for the same military to buy arms and ammunition? What happened to the billions and why would the military still be left without weapons and motivation, as confirmed by even the United States Director of the African Centre at Atlantic Council in Washington DC, Dr. Peter Pham.

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