The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, has admonished troops to shun Boko Haram Terrorists propaganda circulated on social media and be focused on routing them out.
The COAS charged the soldiers to put to use the tactics they acquired during their special forces training in order to flush out the remnants of the terrorists.
The Army Chief further stated that, the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies long curtailed insurgency, adding that they were now fighting terrorism.
He also reiterated that Boko Haram terrorists has no claim to any territory in Nigeria.
In a statement by the director Army Public Relations Brig Gen Sani Usman, the COAS while addressing troops at a dinner in Maiduguri stressed that they be mindful of what they see and read on the social media as most of the stories are either doctored or fake, adding that fake news would demoralise their fighting spirit, thus undermining national security.
He therefore, emphasised that, adequate attention will be given to In-theatre training and intelligence gathering and capabilities of personnel.
He also urged them to maintain the peace in the country, support other security agencies and defend the democratic system as every commander is already aware of what is expected of them especially, in the upcoming general elections of 2019.
In his vote of thanks on behalf of the officers and men of both units after the dinner, the Commanding Officer of the AFSF Bn, Navy Commander GB Osuobeni, thanked the Chief of Army Staff for the visit and the kind gesture of hosting them to a dinner.
He said the event signifies the Chief of Army Staff’s appreciation and support of their efforts in the fight against terrorism in the north east under the auspices of Operation Lafiya Dole.
He stated that the occasion would remain indelible in their minds and that the troops of both units were highly motivated by the visits, interaction and the dinner.
The Commander He further expressed gratitude to the Chief of Army Staff for the rare privilege and assured that they would continue to do their best to clear the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists hiding in the border areas and other areas of the north eastern part of Nigeria.
He further said that they understand the task ahead of them and pledged their unalloyed support to defend the territorial integrity of the nation.