The Nigerian government has said that the military is currently faced with a fresh crisis from Boko Haram insurgents in North East Nigeria.
Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja as the government launched a nationwide campaign in support of the military, saying the Nigerian military is fighting global insurgents with the influx of ISIS fighters in West Africa.
He, therefore, urged Nigerians to give total support to the troops in the North-West and stop disseminating insensitive ‘doctored videos and images.
On why the campaign was launched at a time like this in the country, Mohammed said “the campaign was launched at this time owing to fresh crisis with ISIS largely dislodged from Iraq and Syria. There is undoubtedly a flush of fresh fighters and weapons to ISWAP. Therefore, our military is fighting a global insurgency, without the kind of global coalition, including the United States, that battled ISIS in Syria and Iraq.”
He said: “National Campaign In Support Of the Military is a follow-up to the hugely-successful National Campaign Against Insecurity which we launched on Feb. 16th, 2016, with the punchline: ”If you see something, say something.”
“We are launching this National Campaign in support of the Miltary because we believe that the men and women in uniform who are risking all, including making the supreme sacrifice, to keep us safe deserve the support and prayers of all Nigerians, not vilification, insults and other acts that are capable of dampening their morale.
“And why are we launching the campaign now? Because, as our gallant men and women in uniform clear the remnants of the home-grown
insurgency called Boko Haram, they are confronting a fresh crisis, a global insurgency. A faction of Boko Haram has aligned with the global terror group, ISIS, to form ISWAP, the Islamic State’s West African Province. In other words, ISIS now has a strong foothold in West Africa – with Nigeria in the forefront of the battle against them.
“With ISIS largely dislodged from Iraq and Syria, there is undoubtedly a flush of fresh fighters and weapons to ISWAP. Therefore, our military is fighting a global insurgency, without the kind of global coalition, including the United States, that battled ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
“Those who do not understand the fresh threat facing our nation, nor appreciate the sacrifice of our troops, have now made it their past-time to wage a campaign of disinformation against the military, especially in the social media. Doctored videos and pictures purporting to show massive military casualties are willfully circulated online. Such unpatriotic acts are discouraging and demoralizing our troops, and must stop forthwith.
“Let me state that those who engage in this act of disinformation are few, and do not represent the majority of Nigerians who appreciate the patriotism and the sacrifice of our gallant troops. That’s why we are launching this campaign, to mobilize the majority of the good people of Nigerians, irrespective of their political, religious or ethnic leanings, to show support for our military.
” It is high time that everybody joined in supporting this global war (against insurgency). It’s not unusual, as a matter of fact it’s usually the practice, that when a country is faced with this kind of challenge, people will sink their differences and work together.
“The national campaign in support of the military will be multi-faceted. It will include the production and airing of special jingles on radio and television, social media intervention and advocacy. In fact, the jingles are ready and will be airing on radio and television starting this week. Also, the materials for newspaper and social media are also ready.”