- Report that Boko Haram terrorists receive a daily payment of $3,000 has been debunked by the PCNI
- The head of Humanitarian Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Dr Sidi Ali Mohammed, was quoted to have said the insurgents receive a daily payment of $3,000
- According to the PCNI, the report not only misquoted him, but the context of his analysis was also highly misconstrued
- Media organisations have been urged to desist from baseless misinformation and face the task of nation-building which is the paramount responsibility of the fourth estate of the realm
The Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative (PCNI) has denied reports which claimed that its head of humanitarian rehabilitation and resettlement, Dr Sidi Ali Mohammed, said Boko Haram terrorists received a daily payment of $3,000.
New Telegraph reports that PCNI debunked the claim and said the report not only misquoted him, but the context of his analysis was also highly misconstrued.
The Head of media and communications, Alkasim Abdulkadir, in a press release disclosed that Mohammed said: “I clearly provided a caveat in the academic exercise by saying there was speculation and narrative of financial inducement of up to 3000 USD daily to Boko Haram elements outside.
"In no way did I categorically or factually state that this was the earnings of the insurgents as I am not privy to their dealings I also stated that the PCNI had schemes in place to counter not only the narrative but to fill the skills gap in the North East in order to avoid radicalization.
“I regret the negative perception the misinformation caused the military high command and the federal government at this auspicious and delicate time of winning the hearts and minds of those involved in the conflict"
A statement by the spokesman of the agency said: "It should be noted that Dr Sidi Ali has dedicated his entire career spanning more than 2 decades and especially the last 3 years in providing humanitarian and developmental essential services to Nigerians and vulnerable populations in the north east as a patriotic clinical and public health professional."
The agency, however, called on the media organisations to desist from overheating the polity through baseless misinformation and disinformation, as the task of nation-building was also a paramount responsibility of the fourth estate of the realm.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian Army denied claims by a member of the PCNI, Sidi Ali Mohammed that insurgent fighters made several times more money daily than a Nigerian soldier battling them.
The Army lambasted Mohammed in a statement signed by its spokesman Sagir Musa on Wednesday, May 1. Col. Musa described Mohammed's comment as not only false but very irresponsible for a public official of his status.
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