Coming on the heels of a brutal defeat of the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents by Chadian armed forces, every one is asking, are they better than that of Nigeria?
Let’s compare the two counties forces in strength and equipment.
The Nigerian Armed Forces originated from the Royal West African Frontier Force that became Nigerian military force when independence was granted in 1960.
In 1956, the Nigeria Regiment of the Royal West African Frontier Force (RWAFF) was renamed the Nigerian Military Forces and in April 1958, the colonial government of Nigeria took over from the British War Office control of the Nigerian Military Forces.
Since its creation, the Nigerian military has fought a civil war – the conflict with Biafra in 1967–70 and has sent peacekeeping forces abroad, both with the United Nations and as the backbone of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Cease-fire Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The Chadian armed forces consist of Ground Forces, Air Force, Gendarmerie, Republican Guard, Rapid Intervention Force, Police, National and Nomadic Guard (GNNT).
From independence through the period of the presidency of Félix Malloum (1975–79), the official national army was known as the Chadian Armed Forces (Forces Armées Tchadiennes—FAT). Composed mainly of soldiers from southern Chad, FAT had its roots in the army recruited by France and had military traditions dating back to World War I.
According to the Global Fire Power (GFP) an agency that monitors the military strength of nations,
Nigeria is ranked 4th in Africa while Chad comes 14th.
Nigeria has a total personal number of 120,000 while Chad has 30,500.
Airpower of 129 and Chad with 35.
Land artillery of 2442 with Chad having 503.
Naval Capabilities of 75 crafts with Chad having non.
And an immense defense budget of a whopping 2.155 billion dollars while Chad has a mere defense budget of 200 thousand dollars.
This, obviously indicate Nigeria superior military against Chad.
But what seems to be the matter that we can’t handle Boko Haram, only for a smaller army to come and teach us how to do it.
Let’s discuss this, so we are not made to look stupid in the global community.
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Source: News update