Nigerian military reacts to U.S. report on Boko Haram war

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Soldiers
FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Soldiers

The Defence Headquarters has accused a section of the media of misinterpreting the “Country Reports on Terrorism 2016” recently released by the US Department of State.

The Director Defence Information, DDI, John Enenche, made the accusation in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja.

He said that the part of the report which quoted the state department as saying that “the Nigerian military was unable to hold and rebuild civilian structures and institutions in those areas it had cleared” was misrepresented.

He said that such reportage was “detrimental to Nigeria’s national security and interest.’’

He explained that it was the job of other security agencies to hold territories that had been recaptured.

Mr. Enenche said that the U.S. report which also covers Niger, Chad and Cameroon was not published with the objective of causing restiveness among the populace.

“It is to draw government attention to areas that could be improved upon to tackle global terrorism.

“After the decimation of the terrorist strongholds in the North-East, other security agencies such as the Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps have been taking hold of areas cleared by the military.

“That is why Adamawa and Yobe states have little incidents of terrorist acts in the recent past.

“Furthermore, rebuilding of civilian structures and institutions is not a military task. It is purely the responsibility of the government of which a lot is being done.

“The efforts of Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states are evident in this regard,” he added.

Mr. Enenche said that the Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiative, PCNI, was making positive efforts in that regard, as well as NGOs and well-meaning Nigerians.

He said that the Nigerian army had been involved in the construction of roads and bridges demolished by the terrorists.

Mr. Enenche said that contrary to what was published, the report commended the Nigerian Government which the military is a part.

“Clearly without ambiguity, it (report) stated the Nigerian Government actively cooperate with US and other international partners to prevent further acts of terrorism in Nigeria against US citizens, citizens of third countries, and Nigerian citizens,” the defence spokesperson said.



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  • tsunami1earthquake

    Even though we applaud the Nigerian military for its honest efforts at doing its job in those flashpoint areas, it is still necessary and incumbent upon the same military to take criticisms in good faith. I am not sure America has any interest in disparaging the efforts of the Nigerian military; and neither does America have any motive to cause confusion with this report. The American report is purely objective and must be taken as that.

    There is no need for me to launch into the process of commenting on the series of contradictory terms in the rebuttal statements made by the Nigerian military because I understand the military is trying to defend itself and to tell Nigerians that it is working for them and the country.

    We salute the efforts of the Nigerian military but, at the same time, the Nigerian military must accept with humility the contents of the American report. This would help the Nigerian military in due course.

  • Charles

    reacting to every little comment is a sign of idleness and unprofessional-ism.

    • mayGodpunishopressors

      Thank you Charles. Without US, UK and France, our soldiers could not have recaptured any territory under shekau in the first instance. The war contractors hired from south Africa by Jonathan’s government recaptured many localities from boko haram before the elections, and that was why INEC could conduct elections in those areas. However, US seems ok with APC government than PDP government!!!.

      • Riot50000

        US and BRITAIN are ALWAYS OK with PUPPETS who serve their interests.
        They don’t owe Nigerians shit

  • Riot50000

    Instead of promising to do better, they start arguing with facts.
    USELESS fulani Islamic republic.