The Nigerian Military has debunked experiences that the ragtag Boko Haram fighters are higher outfitted than Nigerian troopers, dismissing them as propaganda and psychological warfare towards troops.
Military spokesman, Sani Kukasheka Usman, in an announcement that addresses varied points and considerations concerning the ongoing counter-insurgency warfare in Nigeria’s north east, accused some misguided components within the society of waging psychological warfare towards it.
Mr Usman, a brigadier-general, mentioned army points should not all comers’ affairs and lamented that the continued counter-terrorism operations have been being trivialised and politicised for egocentric causes.
“Sadly, the psychological assaults should not being waged towards the Nigerian military by the Boko Haram terrorists alone, but in addition by some misguided components each inside and in a foreign country.’’
Mr Usman famous that many of the false allegations being leveled towards the military have been primarily based on egocentric and largely political causes by unpatriotic components.
“Regardless of extant guidelines, these teams of individuals focus on extremely categorised army points which they’re largely ignorant about on varied media platforms.
“Certainly, those that ought to know higher are those perpetrating these acts.
“The psychological results of spreading misinformation and faux information are grievous and inimical to nationwide safety and shouldn’t be allowed to proceed.’’
Mr. Usman mentioned that conduct prejudicial to army self-discipline and cowardice as being exhibited by few misguided troopers shouldn’t be misconstrued as a failure on the a part of the army or the federal government.
He mentioned army tools and welfare have been identified points within the Nigerian military however that when such issues have been noticed, “applicable steps are taken to treatment them.’’
In line with him, the military will at all times handle its challenges and take cost of any challenge with none exterior prompting, criticism or condemnation.
The military spokesman famous that some people and teams in and outdoors Nigeria have been making false claims and allegations that Boko Haram terrorists have been higher outfitted than the Armed Forces Nigeria.
He mentioned: “Nothing might be farther from the reality because the armed forces of Nigeria have universally accepted doctrines, higher educated, outfitted and well-motivated.
“Due to this fact, there is no such thing as a foundation for comparability between the Nigerian soldier and the Boko Haram terrorists.’’
Mr. Usman mentioned the current assaults on troops by the terrorists weren’t on account of superior arms or tools.
Quite, he mentioned, it was on account of the usage of a psychological weapon “which is nearly as good as any deadly weapons.’’
“The psychological assaults have been additional aggravated by some unpatriotic components within the society that take pleasure and pleasure in propagating such falsehoods.
“It’s shocking that some Nigerians, for no matter mundane causes, would examine a bunch of confused and misguided components working underneath the affect of medication and warped ideologies to Nigerian military troops.
“It will likely be mandatory to watch that not like the Nigerian military, the terrorists stay amongst the populace and used that chance to unfold their propaganda.
“Nigerian military fights based on set down Rule of Engagement, whereas the Boko Haram terrorists don’t.
“Additionally, whereas the Nigerian military seeks to guard lives and properties, the renegades search to destroy similar,’’ he mentioned.
Mr Usman mentioned that the military was satisfied that these adverse feedback towards it have been geared toward demoralising its troops and break their cohesion.
“They (feedback) are borne out of egocentric, political and unpatriotic causes with a view to bringing down the federal government of the day.
“We completely condemn and reject the insinuations that the Boko Haram terrorists are higher outfitted than the Nigerian military.
“Quite, we’re daring to say and re-affirm that Nigerian military troops are higher educated, outfitted and higher motivated than the rag-tag terrorists.
“Certainly, there is no such thing as a foundation for comparability.
“It must be realised that the usage of psychological assault on the military is as potent as the usage of arms and ammunition,’’ Mr Usman famous.
He expressed concern over current adverse reportage and criticisms of the military within the social and mainstream media, concerning tools and assaults on troops’ areas within the North East, particularly Borno North.
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