The Press should see itself as a part of the defense structure of Nigeria. With the “pens of information”, things can go right or wrong. No doubt, the Nigerian military is strong enough to comfortably carryout it’s constitutional responsibility.
The Army yesterday denied claims that it was using obsolete weapons to fight Boko Haram terrorists in the Northeast, asserting that such claims were part of the on-going propaganda campaigns against the military.
It said it would keep fighting the insurgents until the battle is won, irrespective of challenges.
The response was contained on its social media pages to counter series of videos in circulation alleging that soldiers were bitterly complaining in respect of their welfare and equipment handed to them to fight the insurgents.
“Boko Haram terrorists are not better equipped than the Nigerian Army. Nigerian Army is the pride of the nation,” the Army said.
In a recent video following the Metele attacks, a soldier lamented: “Many of our men have died. We have to go home. If Nigeria is ready, they can call us back to fight those idiots (terrorists).
“But we do not have adequate weapons to fight them. We are going home to be with our families. Weapons make a soldier. Without weapons, you are not a soldier.”
But, the Army maintained that such claims are untrue, insisting that its men were given superior weapons to fight the terrorists.
“Fake news, false publication, hate speech and terrorist propaganda cannot deter our resolve from protecting our nation. No retreat, no surrender. Victory is sure,” it asserted
Army spokesman Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman has, however, warned the public against fallen into the trap of persons who claimed to be raising funds for the welfare of troops in the war fronts.
He described the claim as fraudulent and had nothing to do with the Nigerian Army.
Brig.-Gen. Usman, who advised Nigerians to ignore such person, said in a statement: “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a fraudulent and criminal fund-raising by a Nigerian in diaspora, tagged: ‘Global campaign to provide food for Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram’.
“The criminal embarked on this fund-raising venture ostensibly to defraud unsuspecting members of the public, especially the international community to fund subversive activities and personal life style. The criminal is using the following contact points for the fund-raising: https://www.gofundme.com/ feed-nigerian-soldiers/
Government should not slack in it’s responsibility to adequately motivate our defence