Nigerian Defense Headquarter Alleges Plot Against Military by Firefire

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THE Defence Headquarters on Friday said it had
got wind of a fresh plan by some interest groups
to embark on a renewed campaign aimed at
attracting international condemnation and
indictment of the Nigerian military and its
operations in the northern part of the country.
According to a statement by the Director of
Defence Information, Major-General Chris
Olukolade, the said campaign is to rely heavily on
doctored and falsified audio-visual materials, some
of which are already trending in the social media.
This, it said, would be coordinated and funded by
a prominent political leader whose state is
presently under the state of emergency.
The statement read: “The details of the plan, which
is already being fine-tuned by a group of media
professionals, (are) to be presented for the final
ratification and funding by the political figure. The
design is expected to forcefully whip up sentiments
of genocide allegedly targeted against a particular
religious group.
“The planners of this crusade also hope to use it to
gain some mileage in the drive to secure
international attention as they have not achieved
this sufficiently despite previous efforts. The
programme, which is also meant to reinforce the
ongoing media campaign against the military, was
adopted as an alternative by those who are bent
on politicising the ongoing counter-terrorism
operations in the northern part of the country.
“It will be recalled that a newspaper, apparently
testing the waters, last week published some of the
doctored pictures which the Defence Headquarters
instantly repudiated, pointing out that they do not
represent activities or operations of the military.
“This headquarters wishes to reiterate its rejection
of pictures and video footages from unverifiable
sources claiming to reflect activities or so-called
atrocities purportedly perpetrated by Nigerian
security forces. They do not reflect or depict the
true state of affairs or operations of Nigerian
military or any of the security forces. The public is
advised to watch out and not allow themselves to
be hoodwinked by these acts of infamy
orchestrated by this desperate group.”
It noted that the dastardly acts of terrorism are
against all Nigerians and all peace-loving people
all over the world; and that “no amount of
propaganda by apologists of terror group can
justify the evil acts of terrorism by attempting to
cast the Nigerian military and security forces in
bad light.”

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