Tukur Buratai blasts Amnesty International, others for allegedly undermining Nigeria

Lt-Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, has again blamed Amnesty International (AI) and other non-governmental organisations for undermining their reputation by demoralising troops through unfounded allegations on human rights abuses.

Buratai disclosed this weekend at a media parley with journalists and Guild of Editors at the Command Guest House, Maiduguri, Borno State.
He said AI cannot do what it is doing in Nigeria in other sovereign countries.
“AI has been in Nigeria consistently undermining our reputations and demoralizing troops through unfounded allegations on human rights abuses,” he said.
According to him, the Army has been doing its best in the discharge of its constitutional duties and respect of extant rules, including rules of engagement.
He said whenever there are proven cases of deviation in rules of engagement, appropriate disciplinary measures are taken against erring personnel.
On roles of the media, he said: “This interactive session is organised to fashion out ways of coming together to fight against the security challenges facing our dear country.
“I want to emphasize that you play a vital role in security and national development. While we fight with guns to protect the society, you fight with your pens to do the same,” noting that fighting without one another, is compared to fighting with one hand tied behind your back.
Continuing, Buratai added: “We commend you for the wonderful role you have been playing in nurturing our nascent democracy and also solicit your support in our efforts to rid our society of daunting security challenges.
“Most of the security problems we are confronted with in this country are associated with misinformation.
“We therefore, have a great task of educating and enlightening the public on the true situations. An enlightened society understands its roles and contributes towards an enhanced national security and development.”
He appealed to the media to be more understanding in the discharge of their professional duties, as it will shape national security with focus.
“We want you to trust us more as we continue to defend the territorial integrity of our country,” he pleaded.
Citing the recent Metele attacks, he said: “It does not augur well for national security and troops’ morale when the military is portrayed as weak and corrupt, not trusted or respected.”
“This was the case with the recent unfortunate attacks on our locations and the lopsided reports on them.
He said the war against terrorism and insurgency need to be viewed and reported as it is: “A war between Nigeria and terrorists and criminals, not our troops versus the Boko Haram terrorists.
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