By Ajogwu Jerry
As a result of the numerous contrasting reportage trending in the media, concerning the daily activities of the Nigerian Armed Forces, the Director Defence Information, Brig. Gen. John Agim, on Wednesday warned politicians and saboteurs to desist from unhealthy connivance with the various elements posing as security threat in the country.
He said the military is the strength of every nation and any attempt to negatively criticise the affairs of the military “will dampen their morale” and the enemy will be emboldened to cause more havoc.
Gen. Agim said the military have continued to record tremendous successes against the Boko Haram insurgents in the various operations ongoing in the country.
“It is no doubt that Nigerians have continued to testify that the military has carried out there responsibility gallantly with great sacrifices.
“In Operation LAFIYA DOLE, our troops have continued to record successes against Boko Haram Terrorists.
“So also are the Operations Awatse, Operation Delta Safe and Operation Safe Corridor.
“Civil Societies at all levels such as community chiefs, Local Government Area Chairmen are often instrumental to the success of internal security operations,” he maintained.
He frowned at the way and manner the Chairman of Takum Local Government Area of Taraba state worked against the troops during the first phase of Exercise Ayem Akpatuma by inciting his subjects to fight the troops.
“Regrettably, during the conduct of Exercise Ayem Akpatuma some civil authorities especially in Taraba state did not accord the military the desired cooperation.
“For instance, the Chairman of Takum Local Government Area in Taraba State did not cooperate with 93 Battalion but instead portrayed the military in bad light to the locals.
“His actions before and during Exercise Ayem Akpatuma were clearly anti-military and he incited his people on many occasions to resist and confront the military,” he said.
Gen. Agim sought for the cooperation of all citizens by uniting positive forces to fight a common enemy.
He further urged international organisations such as Amnesty International (AI) to stop blackmailing the military without proper information and investigations.