DHQ denies anger in the military over release of Chibok 21
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DHQ denies anger in the military over release of Chibok 21



DHQ denies anger in the military over release of Chibok 21

The Defence Headquarters has denied reports that there is anger in the military over the conditions attached to the release of 21 Chibok girls by the Boko Haram insurgents.

Earlier reports noted that elements in the military, especially troops engaged in the war against terrorism in the North East were not happy over an alleged swapping of five Boko Haram commanders for the released girls, saying their swapping could change the narratives of the war against terrorism in the country.

However, the DHQ, in a statement late Saturday by the Acting Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, said the report of disquiet in the military is unfounded.

The statement reads: “The Defence Headquarters attention has been drawn to an online and newspaper publication insinuating that there is a mix feelings among Nigerian military ranks and files as a result of the recent release of some Chibok girls. The military wishes to state unequivocally that the Armed Forces will continue to work closely with all our sister security agencies to achieve more feat in this direction.

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“The military also wants to debunk the baseless and unfounded story that there is disquiet in the military over the condition of release of the girls. The Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies are one working together to finish the war on terror and other criminalities which can be done covertly or overtly. The most important thing is achieving our strategic objective. The DHQ has said before that negotiation with the terrorists or any other group rests purely on our respected political leaders. The military operations to rid our land of terrorists continue.

“It is important to state that not all information are meant for public consumption due to processes which is purely political. More so, the ongoing military operation is making unprecedented progress with rescue of many captives held by the terrorists. The general public should discountenance with this baseless and misleading story.

“While the Armed Forces holds the media veritable partner, it urges the media to be mindful and clarify with the military when reporting security and defence issues bothering on sensitive national matters of this nature”

By Timothy Enietan-Matthews….



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