- Troops of the Nigerian Army have been hailed for repelling an attack by Boko Haram terrorists in Gudumbali village
- A group against terrorism and extremism accused foreign media of downplaying the gallantry of the army in the fight against terrorism
- It said the Nigerian Army has continued to show commitment in securing Nigeria
A civil society group has commended trops of the Nigerian Army over the repelling of the recent attack by members of the Boko Haram sect on Gudumbali village in Borno state.
The Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism (CATE) commended the gallantry of the Nigerian Army repelling the remnants of Boko Haram.
According to CATE, the Nigerian Army has continued to show commitment in its constitutional role of securing the territorial integrity of Nigeria despite facing various challenges, from both local and international collaborators.
A statement signed by CATE's national coordinator, Gabriel Onoja, however frowned at attempts by foreign media to downplay the gallantry of the army in the fight against terrorism.
Onoja said it is unfortunate that the strategic manoeuvre deployed by the army to repel and push back the terrorist attack in Gudumbali has been interpreted as abandonment of the military base by persons, who, lack military skills, and want to interpret the encounter to support their own terrorist team.
"What we have learnt is that there is no iota of truth to the false news making the rounds that troops and an entire community have been sacked in some parts of the north east. The story could have only emanated from the mischievous imagination of the wicked elements that wish to return Nigeria back to 2014," Onoja said.
He urged the Nigerian media to rise to the occasion and play their role in defending the country as against what the foreign media is doing.
Onoja said: "ISIS members trying to invade Nigeria from neighbouring country is something that calls for concern and not a matter to be celebrated as the activists-propagandists for the group are trying to make Nigerians believe."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Army on Saturday, September 8, repelled a deadly attack on its troops by Boko Haram at Gudunbale in Guzamala local government area of Borno.
It was earlier gathered that scores of insurgents in gun trucks and various calibre of arms stormed the town and engaged in fierce battle that lasted for many hours with the troops.
Also, the fighters were said to be with the Boko Haram faction under the leadership of Abu-Mosad Al-Barnawi.
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