- The presidency has denied claims that it is planning to pay repentant insurgents monthly salaries
- The allegation is that the federal government has concluded plans to start paying Boko Haram members N150,000 every month
- The presidency stated that this is nothing but fake news and urged Nigerians to disregard it
There are a lot of viral online claims that the federal government is planning to give repentant Boko Haram members the sum of N150,000 each as monthly salaries.
The outrageous claims have gotten the attention of the presidency which outrightly denied it on Twitter on Thursday, November 12.
Personal assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on new media, Bashir Ahmad, referred to the allegation as baseless and unfounded.
Ahmad called on Nigerians, especially those who are subscribers of social media to regard the report as fake news.
The presidential media aide tweeted:
"The federal government is not planning to start paying repented Boko Haram members N150,000 monthly, the story is baseless and should be regarded as the usual fake news.
"When you see it here or on WhatsApp, ask the poster to provide a credible source of the story."
Earlier, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Thursday, November 12, failed to address the allegations against the Nigerian Armed Forces by Senator Ali Ndume.
Ndume, from Borno state, had said repentant Boko Haram terrorists now serve as informants to their former colleagues.
The All Progressives Congress senator further said the recent army colonel who died in Borno state was as a result of former terrorist tipping off Boko Haram on the movement of an army convoy.
The allegations sparked outrage from Nigerians, as many have severely opposed the government's decision to grant amnesty to the former terrorists.
The DHQ, however, failed to address the issues raised by Ndume, who is also the chairman Senate committee on the Nigerian Army.
The coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, said:
“When my masters have spoken, I cannot speak again. If the service chiefs say something, I can re-echo it, but responding to criticism of the National Assembly will amount to insubordination."
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