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President Buhari’s Claims About Number Of Soldiers Recruited Since 2015, True


President Muhammadu Buhari at the Unveiling and Presentation of New Colours ceremony of the Nigeria Army’s held on April 27, 2023, made several claims regarding Nigeria’s army progress under his administration which began in 2015.

The president in a thread post tweeted on his Twitter handle on Saturday, April 27, 2023, claimed more than 60,000 soldiers have been recruited since 2015.

Buhari said the present administration has achieved a remarkable transformation of Nigeria’s military regarding fighting power, training, operations, manpower, remuneration & welfare, and maintenance efficiency.


The tweet where President Buhari made the claim

The Findings

According to a World Bank report cited by Macrotrends, Nigeria’s military size in 2014 was 162,000, and it increased to 200,000 in 2015.

There was no additional increase in the army till 2017, which was 215,000.

In 2018 it increased to 223,000. The difference between the number of personnel recruited between 2015 and 2019 is 66,000.

The latest data by Global Fire Power, a website that ranks nations of the world based on currently available firepower, shows that Nigeria’s military personnel population stood at 230, 000 in 2023.


The Verdict

According to data from Global Fire Power and World Bank report, the claim that more than 60,000 soldiers were recruited under Buhari is TRUE


By Dare Akogun




Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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