- The defence headquarters say a trending video revealing alleged plights of soldiers in the forest is meant to dampen their morale
- Brigadier General John Agim notes that there is nowhere in the world where soldiers in the battle field live in comfort
- Agim further mentions some of the challenges that soldiers battling in the forest face
The Nigerian defence headquarters, on Wednesday, September 26, accused those it called ‘fifth columnists’ of trying to collaborate with enemies of the country just to prolong their own interests.
In a statement, Brigadier General John Agim, the director Defence Information, said the defence headquarters was reacting to a trending video clip and story alleging that the soldiers fighting Boko Haram terrorists beg for food and sleep in classrooms.
The statement obtained by Legit.ng said the story and its accompanying video are some of many strategies targeted at breaking the cohesion and the fighting spirit of the troops.
“It is a known fact that all over the world, the battlefront is not a playground. What differentiates soldiers from civilians is the ability to endure hard conditions and make sacrifices.
“Same goes for accommodation at the battlefront as the soldiers are either on the move or in trenches. Accommodation, where necessary, are makeshift and not expected to be luxurious. That is the reality and price of the Military profession. There is no easy way.
“For those who may not know, there is no barracks in Sambisa forest and several other troops locations in the north east.
“Also, troops are promptly paid approved operational allowances aside other welfare and administrative arrangements.
“Whereas there may be challenges in the battle-space which is normal, appropriate measures are being taken to address them.
“The story is a failed attempt to distract the purposeful direction in the counter-terrorism fight.
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“The Nigerian Armed Forces is stating categorically here that its fighting spirit is indomitable and no amount of falsehood can distract the military from fighting terrorism to a conclusive end.
“The public is hereby enjoined to disregard the publication and continue to give the military the needed support and cooperation. Together we shall bring total peace and security to our fatherland,” the statement read.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Maj-Gen Abbah Dikko, the theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole has ordered troops to mercilessly deal with Boko Haram whenever they attack any military formation.
Dikko gave the order while addressing troops of Sector 3 conducting Operation LAST HOLD in Munguno on Friday, September 21.
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