The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.- General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, yesterday debunked some media reports making the rounds that he said his troops were not committed to the war against insurgency in the North-East part of the country. Buratai, who made the denial while fielding questions at a joint press briefing by the Army and the Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, at the Government House, Maiduguri, said: “I was quoted out of context.
“Most of these reports that you see from other journals, including the Boko Haram, are exaggerated and are mere propaganda. There’s no way when you’re in conflict, you won’t have casualty; we have casualties. When necessary we give out these figures, the problem is that, most of our journalists are not contented with what the military gives.
They believe that the figure is far more than that,” he added. The COAS further said: “Up till today, people are still quoting the Metele attack of last year to be 300, some 400 and some 500 killed. “But we have given out the correct figure, but some are still quoting the wrong figure, because they don’t want to believe us. So, why should we give out figures and you don’t believe us and you want us to give something that you think is the correct figure, which you got from others.
“So we have to be very careful, national security, defence and security are not issues you just talk about and if you go along that way, you will be the victim and first victim for that matter because national security is not a matter of joke and it’s not a matter of blame game. You shouldn’t blame the military for whatever set back or problem; it’s a collective responsibility.”
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