Army raises alarm over alleged plan to frustrate war against Boko Haram

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The Nigerian Army has raised alarm over alleged concerted efforts by people it described as “unpatriotic elements” to frustrate the ongoing war against the terrorists group, Boko Haram.

The Nigerian Army said the people were frustrating its efforts by politicizing fight against the terrorists and engaging in systematic releases and recycling of old Boko Haram propaganda video clips, “old interviews of disgruntled and cowardly soldiers, as well as false and inaccurate news reports.”

The Nigerian Army said it would no longer tolerate such actions designed to frustrate it.

It said it would “continue to monitor subversive propaganda and take necessary action against perpetrators.”

It however said it would not allow the actions of the “unpatriotic” persons to frustrate its commitment to a successful execution of the war against terrorists in the country.

The statement by the Nigerian Army was issued by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sanusi Kukasheka Usman, and reads:

CONCERTED EFFORTS TO DERAIL THE WAR AGAINST TERRORISM AND INSURGENCY WILL NOT BE TOLERATED

The Nigerian Army has noted with great concern the concerted efforts by some unpatriotic elements to politicise and derail the ongoing fight against terrorism and insurgency in the country.

This is manifested in the recent systematic releases and recycling of old BHT propaganda video clips, old interviews of disgruntled and cowardly soldiers, as well as false and inaccurate news reports by some section of the media.

We regrettably further observed that the unscrupulous elements are also perfecting strategy to rubbish the government’s efforts in the provision of safety and security for her citizens. They are determined to dampen troops’ morale especially in the North East, so that the troops will become compromised against the war efforts and complicate the security situation in the country for selfish and cheap political gains and expediency.

We would like to reiterate that Nigeria is at war with Boko Haram terrorists, in any form or guise that they may manifest and strongly warn these subversive elements to desist from these unwholesome efforts. We would like to warn that the Nigerian Army will no longer tolerate these subversive acts and sabotage aimed at dampening troops’ morale, affect their performance and to finally abandon the war.

We will continue to monitor subversive propaganda and take necessary action against perpetrators. The Nigerian Army will remain undaunted in the successful prosecution of this war against terrorism, insurgents, militants and bandits in the country.

Thank you for your kind cooperation.

SANI KUKASHEKA USMAN

Brigadier General

Director Army Public Relations