The Nigerian army has reacted to ‘misguided’ claims about its troops.
Nigerian Army has alleged that some ‘misguided elements’ were waging psychological warfare against it, politicizing the war against terrorists while also reacting to reportss that suggested Boko Haram fighters had better weapons.
Late last year, Reno Omokri, an author posted a video showing fleeing soldiers who said that they were running away from the war against insurgency because they were under equipped.
The army said that Boko Haram fighters were not better equipped than Nigerian soldiers. It therefore dismissed them as propaganda and psychological warfare against troops.
Army spokesman, Brigadier-General Sani Kukasheka Usman, cleared that air in a statement that addresses various issues and concerns about the ongoing counter-insurgency war in Nigeria’s north east.
Usman said military issues are not all comers’ affairs and lamented that the ongoing counter terrorism operations were being trivialised and politicised for selfish reasons.
“Unfortunately, the psychological attacks are not being waged against the Nigerian army by the Boko Haram terrorists alone, but also by some misguided elements both within and out of the country.’’
Usman noted that most of the false allegations being levelled against the army were based on selfish and mostly political reasons by unpatriotic elements.
“In spite of extant rules, these groups of persons discuss highly classified military issues which they are mostly ignorant about on various media platforms.
“Indeed, those who should know better are the ones perpetrating these acts.
“The psychological effects of spreading misinformation and fake news are grievous and inimical to national security and should not be allowed to continue.’’
Usman said that conduct prejudicial to military discipline and cowardice as being exhibited by few misguided soldiers should not be misconstrued as a failure on the part of the military or the government.
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