Ndume makes false claim about Nigeria’s military strength


THE Nigerian Senate Majority Chief Whip, Ali Ndume, has claimed that Nigeria has only 200,000 armed forces personnel across the country.

Ndume stated this on January 23, 2024 while speaking on the country’s security situation during an interview on Channels TV’s programme, Politics Today.

Senator Ndume lamented the deficit manpower in the Nigerian security forces and called on the Nigerian government to recruit more personnel especially into the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

He said: “We don’t have the number. We only have two hundred thousand Nigerian armed forces. We only have I think less than four hundred thousand police. Put together, we don’t have up to a million of them.”

The Nigerian Armed Forces is the military force of Nigeria, responsible for safeguarding the country’s sovereignty and maintaining internal and external security. It encompasses the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, and Nigerian Air Force.

Established in 1960, they play a crucial role in national defence, peacekeeping operations, and disaster response within the nation.



Nigeria has only 200,000 armed forces personnel.



Checks by The FactCheckHub show that the claim is FALSE.

Data obtained from the Global Fire Power (GFP) website which was last updated on January 9, 2024, show that Nigeria has an estimated total military personnel of 280,000 while the number of active military personnel stood at 230,000. These are higher than the figure quoted by Senator Ndume.

The Global Fire Power (GFP) is an organisation which ranks every country’s military capacities annually based on factors such as the number of serving military members – the naval, and air force and fuel availability for military operations, the number of jet fighters, the defence budget, and logistic flexibility.

According to the GFP, the ranking is based on each nation’s potential war-making capability across land, sea and air fought by conventional means.

The results incorporate values related to manpower, equipment, natural resources, finances and geography, with more than 60 individual factors used to calculate the final ranking.



The claim that Nigeria has only 200,000 armed forces personnel is FALSE; the latest data by Global Fire Power show that the Armed Forces of Nigeria has an estimated 280,000 personnel with 230,000 of them in active service.

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Nurudeen Akewushola is a fact-checker with FactCheckHub. He has authored several fact checks which have contributed to the fight against information disorder. You can reach him via [email protected] and @NurudeenAkewus1 via Twitter.


  1. I said Nigeria has about 200,000 soldiers and I agree that we have about 230,000 active soldiers. Is that not about 200t or will you say they are about 300t. Any way do you think 230 or 280 armed forces are enough to address the security challenges we have in a country with more than 200m population?


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