Abuja - The Nigerian Army is investigating
some officers for their involvement in an alleged exercise to demonise the
uniformed forces and its leaders.
Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director Army Public
Relations, said the Army had received reports of some elements both within it
and outside, especially through the use of the social media circle to ridicule
the Nigerian Army and the person of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur
Buratai, “for reasons best known to
“They intend to execute this plan as from next month,
December 2015, using all means possible; lies, fabricating baseless stories,
falsehood, publishing and broadcasting them through some designated print and
electronic media, most especially the Social Media,” Usman said.
“The Nigerian Army has identified some of the officers
involved and their collaborators. The officers are being investigated to
unravel their motive and motivation,” added Usman.
He said the public and the media were requested to be
careful and wary of these disgruntled persons.
“They should please disregard any such material from
them,” said Usman.
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“The Nigerian Army holds the media in high esteem. The
Nigerian media is one of the best in the world and have consistently been
partners in progress and very supportive, understanding and cooperative with
the Nigerian Army especially in the fight against terrorism and insurgency.
This at times comes at the risk of their personal safety
and corporate existence.”
He said the role of the media in nation building and
conflict resolution, peace building and social responsibility was never in
doubt and the stakeholder had proven to be very important stakeholders in
collective efforts to restore peace and stability.
“With this and so many other things, the media,
especially the online publications, should not be involved or lured into such
As always, our doors are open for clarification,
enquiries and reactions on any issue concerning the Nigerian Army before filing
or publicizing such stories.”
Usman said it was imperative to note that the fight
against Boko Haram terrorists was at critical stage and thus any attack on the
Nigerian Army will be counter productive
and serious distraction on the fight against terrorism and insurgency.
“Consequent upon this, we are calling on all
Nigerians not to fall prey to their campaign of calumny. This is because their
evil intents would be distractive and capable of reversing the gains on the
fight against Boko Haram terrorists."
- CAJ News