The Nigerian Armed Forces have been rated as the fourth most powerful military in the African continent for the year 2019.
In the new list of military rankings released by Globalfirepower, the Nigerian military rated 0.7007 on its Power Index score to be positioned behind Egypt, Algeria and South Africa, Africa’s top three militaries.
Based on the Power Index score, Nigeria is also ranked as the 44th most powerful military in the world. The country’s military was similarly ranked last year and maintained its position in the new listing.
Egypt is the highest ranked African country with 12th most powerful military in the world, having a Power Index score of 0.2283.
The second most powerful military in Africa and the 27th in the world belongs to Algeria which had a Power Index of 0.4551.
South Africa’s Armed Forces sit in the third position in Africa with a rating of 32nd most powerful in the world and a Power Index score of 0.5405.
After Nigeria, the fifth most powerful military in Africa belongs to the Ethiopia which ranked 47th in the world with a Power Index score of 7361.
Angola’s military is sixth most powerful in Africa and 58th in the world with its Power Index score of 0.8154.
The Kingdom of Morocco’s armed forces wraps up the top 7 most powerful military in Africa with a 61st ranking in the world following a Power Index score of 0.8244.
Globalfirepower, a defense website,said the ranking is achieved by processing the individual and collective values of each nation on the list through an in-house formula to generate the Power Index score.
These values include military manpower, air power, land strength, naval power, resources, logistics, financials and geography among others.
The 2019 ranking comes at a crucial time for the Nigeria Armed Forces which have been stretched thin fighting decimated insurgent forces in the northeastern part of the country and rampaging bandits across huge parts of the north.