Nigerian military responds to The Economist’s publication on worsening insecurity


The Nigerian military accused a London-based magazine “The Economist” of trying to denigrate, demonize and destabilize the Nigerian government in its recent article titled “Insurgency, Secessionism and Banditry Threaten Nigeria”.

The respected media outlet, in the article, had accurately reflected the worsening insecurity, banditry and unrest that continue to ravage parts of the country despite efforts by security agencies to curb the peak.

But army public relations director Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement reacting to Saturday’s article, disagreed, apparently viewing the article as a direct attack on the military.

He said that “the Nigerian military remains a professional, hard-working and globally respected institution.”

Mr. Nwachukwu said the national army continued to occupy deserved glorious positions on the committee of the world defense forces.

He said the Nigerian military has distinguished itself as a worthy contributor to global peace and security through regional, continental and international peacekeeping and peace support operations.

The army spokesman said that “it was also wrong to denigrate an army which had restored democracies, brought peace to troubled lands and stabilized the sub-region, through hard work, commitment. towards duty, discipline and professionalism “.

“It was the same army that had weathered the storm of terrorism and insurgency in the northeast of the country and parts of the Lake Chad region,” he said, noting that the article incriminated contained “unimaginable insults targeting the Nigerian.” military and the Nigerian army in particular.

“Even though the otherwise respected Economist magazine’s real intention to publish toxic concoctions such as a report on the Nigerian government’s response to the multifaceted security challenges besetting the country has yet to be revealed, the source of the article was very clear.

“This is one of those deliberate lies and noxious narratives orchestrated by a network of detractors and a group of dark forces working very hard to adorn the Nigerian military in an inappropriate costume of infamy.

“The despicable report that The Economist has chosen to deliver to its publishing platform has spared no effort in trying to vilify and sully the image, character and reputation of the Nigerian military, but has miserably failed.

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“The Nigerian military is certainly not what The Economist’s so-called report attempted to characterize.

“Even more ridiculous were the embellishments of said report by the notorious non-professional media which were quick to repost the obvious lie,” he said.

Mr Nwachukwu also accused the international magazine of authorizing the use of his media for “ax work” and of failing in its efforts to uncover the real truth about the Nigerian military, claiming that “what the magazine and its sources did not know is that the said army had succeeded in arresting the province of the Islamic States of West Africa (ISWAP) ”.

He said the magazine had been misled by those who were uncomfortable with the involvement of army troops in eradicating terrorism, banditry and other violent crimes that beset the nation. countries and the West African sub-region.

According to him, “the valiant officers and soldiers of the Nigerian army were not discouraged, not distracted and totally unfazed by the outlandish claims contained in this silly report.” (NAA)

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