THE Federal Government has reacted to a video report by Al-Jazeera on ongoing military operations in the North East region of the country, saying the distasteful material titled: ‘Civilians among dead in Nigeria offensive’, is an untrue account of situations, and an attempt to “put the government and the people of Nigeria in bad light”.
The Special Adviser to President Jonathan (Media and Publicity), Mr. Reuben Abati, in a statement, said the video is “that of the unfortunate incident that occurred in Bama on May 7, and has no connection with the current operation.”
He said: “If anything, the victims shown in the video were those the Boko Haram attacked before they launched an offensive on Bama prison.”
Abati also said that claim that the man in uniform shown in the video is a Nigerian soldier cannot be sustained, “because in a war-like theater, anybody could have been clad in a military fatigue; and we have seen Boko Haram members appear in military fatigues in their propaganda videos. Besides, no soldier has left the frontlines since the beginning of the operations.”
Describing the report as “irresponsible”, Abati said the government views “with grave concern” attempt by sections of the media, especially the foreign media to mislead the general public and the international community about the State of Emergency and military operations in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno States.
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