Military reiterates determination to get rid of Boko Haram.
The Nigerian military has accused politicians of using the media to demoralise soldiers on operations, particularly in the troubled North-Eastern part of Nigeria.
The military thus warned politicians involved in such act to desist.
A statement by the Director of Defence Information, Chris Olukolade, alleged that while the military had enjoyed a level of cooperation from the Nigeria media, a set of individuals were using every available newspaper to frustrate efforts by the military.
Mr. Olukolade, a Major General, said that a Joint Security Information Committee had raised concerns on the attack of soldier’s morale through some media publications allegedly orchestrated by some politicians. The publications, he said, have been spreading “sick rumours” on the welfare of military personnel on operation.
“This Committee has also noted with great concern the orchestrated attack on the morale of the Nigerian security forces engaged in the fight against terrorism by a section of the political elite. They make frivolous and unfounded claims and allegations on welfare of soldiers under the pretext of being more caring for the welfare and condition of Nigerian soldiers but their intention is to encourage indiscipline and ultimately mutiny. They have been spreading the sick rumour that the gallant Nigerian soldiers are grumbling over inadequate resources and lack of motivation to take on the insurgents,” Mr. Olukolade said.
He said the tendencies of the publications are geared to curry undue political capital out of the unfortunate crisis in the North Eastern part of Nigeria. He also assured that there would be no rest for the terrorists, especially in the northeast, as security forces have continued to launch intensified attacks on them.
Mr. Olukolade said that while the military needed the media to help sustain achievements in the fight against insecurity, the media should also exhibit professionalism in their reportage.
“It is encouraging, however, that in spite of the false claims, which are intended not only to ridicule the efforts and integrity of the security forces but to weaken their morale and destroy their cohesiveness, our gallant personnel are determined more than ever before to bring terrorism to an end in our country,” he said.
The Borno State governor Kashim Shettima, had in February said that Boko Haram terrorists were better armed and motivated than the soldiers battling the insurgents in Borno. The governor also declared that the military, as presently constituted and armed, could not defeat the insurgents. He called for urgent action to assist the military deal with the terrorists
Mr. Shettima made his remarks after the terrorists attacked Konduga town killing about 39 people and Izge, killing 106, according to official figures.
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