Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Musa, has revealed that himself and every other soldiers are paid the sum of N1,200 per day on operations.
The CDS said this while commenting on the welfare of soldiers in an interview on Channels TV on Tuesday 19th December.
According to Musa, every military personnel receive the same operation allowance of N1,200 regardless of their rank.
The CDS called for improved salaries for soldiers, adding that they deserve to be paid more for the work they do. He said;
“If you look at the constitution, our primary responsibility is territorial integrity but if you look at the territorial integrity, it implies that charity begins at home. We can not be protecting territory and the home front is on fire and then sit back and watch.
“Over the past few years, on average the armed forces recruited over 15,000 personnel into the system, but we are not building new barracks. We know budget has captured some of it, we need to do more, we need to renovate the old ones because they have been there for ages.
“My dream is for every officer and soldier to have an accommodation that he can look up and say this is my own, this is my barracks.
“Because of the operations we are conducting, a lot of the officers and soldiers are out there in the field. If to say these operations are over and we to are to go back to the barracks, there wouldn’t be enough barracks for us.
“The issue of cash allowance where we feed, any time we are on operations, I as a General, I am being paid N1,200 per day with my soldiers. From the first general to the last soldier, it is the same amount, that is what we manage.
“My soldiers collect less than N50,000 as salary in a month. We all know the situation on the ground, my appeal is for them to have salary that is worthy for the work they are doing, we deserve to have that so that it can encourage them to want to do more.”