Chris Steven, Abuja
According to an index released by Global Firepower (GFP) measuring a government’s military strength, Nigeria has been ranked as the 4th country with the most powerful military in Africa.
The list of top 30 countries with the most powerful military in Africa has Egypt topping the list, followed by Algeria, Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa.
The list is drawn based on the country that has the most manpower, equipment which covers the air, land, naval power and the petroleum to sustain its army among other factors.
The ranking system focuses on the diversity of weapons systems and provides bonuses and penalties for things like nuclear arms, diversity of force structures, and alliances (like NATO).
Meanwhile, the most powerful military in the world is the United States, followed by Russia, China, India and the UK.
US has been the world’s strongest military since 1945.
The 30 African countries are Egypt, Algeria, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa, Angola, Morocco ,Sudan, Libya, Democratic Republic of Congo, kenya, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Zambia,Chad.
Others are Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Ghana, Cameroon, Mozambique, Niger, Ivory Coast, Mali, Madagascar, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Namibia, Somalia and Central African Republic.