BEVERLY HILLS, May 03, (THEWILL) – The Nigerian Army has countered reports of killings going on in the ranks of senior Igbo and Middle-Belt officers as part of a grand Fulani conspiracy, saying the rumours were baseless and failed attempts to sow disunity in the service.
According to the Force, there was no Fulani agenda in the military.
Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, described the authors of the report as enemies of peace, adding they are deploying their rhetoric against the sovereignty of the nation.
The Army said: “For the umpteenth time the callous and cowardly enemies of Nigeria’s peace and unity are at their worst moments of divisive and subversive rhetoric against the formidable sovereignty of our beloved nation and its patriotic Nigerian Army.
“The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to an online publication anchored by the online medium Opera News Official at https://stories. 6chcdn.feednews.com with the heading “Secret Fulani Plan Unveiled – THE COMPROMISED ARMY CHIEF.
“Ordinarily, the Nigerian Army would have ignored this illogical and pathetic narrative especially as it continues to record tremendous successes in its on-going operations nation-wide under the able leadership of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, nevertheless, for the benefit and awareness of our peace loving and patriotic citizens whom the Nigerian Army owes a duty.”
It added: “Part of the poorly scripted article states that ‘Last week, two Igbo officers, Lt Col Okeke and Lt Col Ajah,’ alongside 44 others, predominantly Southern and Middle Belt Christian officers lost their lives in a conspiracy hatched by Fulani senior officers.
“Alas, this is the dumbest narrative that has the potential for a Guinness Book of Record. However, to put the record straight, it should be clear that the Nigerian Army does not train, deploy or operate along ethnic, religious, tribal or regional divides thus the name NIGERIAN ARMY.
“In the past, several subversive elements have attempted to infiltrate the formidable ranks of the Nigerian Army to sow seed of discord among its personnel but failed. This is due largely to the loyalty and belief of the Nigerian Army in one great country, Nigeria.
“The amateurish article presented in self-styled stages 1-9 in a fictitious movie like scenario devoid of even the basic rudiments of a news report but yet laced with potent hatred and venom for Nigeria and its proud citizens. One cannot but forgive the illiterate writer of this article and his sponsors for referring to the Chief of Army Staff as Lt Gen Jega (Stage 1, paragraph 1).
“Similarly, on the alleged killing of some personnel, a quick check on the Nigerian Army personnel database returned negative for Lt Cols ND Okeke and Aja as there are no name matches currently in service of the Nigerian Army who were alleged to have been killed in a conspiracy whatever that means.
“In general, summarizing stages 4–9 of the uncoordinated article exposes the real intent albeit the very low IQ of the writers and publishers Opera News.
“They have distinguished themselves as enemies of our existence and should be seen and treated as such.
”Furthermore, the Nigerian Army would like to request all peace loving citizens to disregard the content of the said article by Opera News Official in its entirety as it lacks common logic.”