The Nigerian Military has accused American based Cable News Network –CNN, of promoting orchestrated efforts by some ‘’entrenched interests’’ to blackmail the Armed Forces.
The Nigerian military rejected a report that was repeatedly aired on CNN which presented footage of interviews with individuals claiming to be Nigerian soldiers.
Director Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade issued a statement Friday, saying the Nigerian Armed Forces were without doubt committed and focused on the ongoing fight against terror.
He said: ‘’ This CNN interview and report is an unfortunate effort to promote blackmail. It smacks of an international conspiracy against Nigeria’s national security.’’
“A reputable medium is not expected to indulge in propagating concocted stories from persons or individuals whose identity remains questionable. Unfortunately, the report has been so zealously repeated with a view to enhancing its effect in terms of mischief. However, even if the blackmailers turned out to be Nigerian soldiers, the scenario only bespeak of the extent to which those who seek to bring the Nigerian military into disrepute can go in their desperation,” Olukolade added.
It would be recalled that President Goodluck Jonathan had assured men of the Nigerian military, during his first visit to Borno State since the kidnapping of 276 Secondary School girls in Chibok, by militant group, Boko Haram, that his government would procure sophisticated arms and ammunitions to fight the terror group.