June 25, 2024

Army denies audio-visual report on recruiting jihadists


…Says report aimed at causing religious crisis

By Kingsley Omonobi

The Nigerian Army (NA) has debunked a viral audio-visual recording circulating on various online platforms quoting a misleading report suggesting that the NA is recruiting Islamic fundamentalists and jihadists.

Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Army Public Relations, in a statement said, the footage also falsely portrayed an officer calling on Muslim young men to join the military to protect and propagate Islam.

The Statement said, “Considering the gravity of these falsehood, the NA wishes to clearly state that the narrative depicted in the footage is not in any instance a reflection of the true values and standards of the NA, as it is targeted at sparking palpable anxiety and fear.

It is also aimed “at sowing discord and mistrust amongst our personnel, eroding public confidence in the integrity of the NA, particularly among Christian and non-Muslim communities, who might feel their lives and faith are under threat, and ultimately engender religious crisis in the country.

“The NA remains steadfast in upholding professionalism and impartiality as an institution devoid of ethnic and religious bigotry.

Our operational and administrative processes and actions are guided by the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and not ethnicity or religious sentiments.

“We, therefore, urge the public to dismiss this misleading report, which evidently stems from a misconception and lack of understanding about NA’s Standing Operating Procedures (SOP).

“It is crucial to reiterate that any deviation from the NA’s SOP is met with appropriate disciplinary action, regardless of the personnel’s religious affiliation.

“We call on all citizens to rise above these divisive tactics and stand united. The strength of Nigeria lies in her unity in diversity, and it is this unique national strength and trait that the NA seeks to protect while carrying out its constitutional responsibilities.

“We will remain undaunted in upholding these principles in the face of any challenge.

“The NA remains committed to serving and protecting all Nigerians, irrespective of religious or ethnic affiliations. Let us work together to maintain the peace and unity of our great nation”.