By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ), has denied a trending video clip and story alleging that the soldiers fighting Boko Haram terrorists beg for food and sleep in classrooms.
The DHQ in a statement issued yesterday by JOHN AGIM, its Director Defence Information, said the story/video is one 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 battle front as the soldiers are either on the move or in trenches. Accommodations 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.”
It said the story is a failed attempt to distract the purposeful direction in the counter-terrorism fight. “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.”