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We Don’t Need Mercenaries to Defeat Boko Haram – DHQ

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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ)  yesterday, said it does not require the help of mercenaries to combat Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East.

Col. Abubakar Rabe, the Acting Director of Defence Information, said this following reports which broke out that the Federal Government of Nigeria, has contracted mercenaries from South Africa to help curb the menace of Boko Haram in the country.

According to the report yesterday, STTEP is deploying 250 personnel and equipment, including fighter jets in Operation Fire Force, to help Nigeria crush Boko Haram insurgents before the December deadline.

While describing the story as a deliberate way to tarnish the image of the government and the military, He said they were part of the blackmail and disinformation from Nigeria’s enemies.

The issue is being given added significance because shortly before he came into office, President Muhammadu Buhari had declared the Jonathan administration’s hiring of South African mercenaries as a big shame.

“It is a shame it can’t secure 14 out of 774 local government areas in the country”, Buhari had told elders of the Arewa Consultative Forum in Kaduna in May.

Speaking on the telephone yesterday, Col. Abubakar said: “The issue about mercenaries lacks substance; I want you to note that for the past months, the military has been fighting this war more and more effectively and all Nigerians, irrespective of where they live, have come to understand that we are making tremendous progress.

“So, why should some people bring up this idea of bringing in mercenaries? Which mercenaries, from where and to do what?

“You see, all this is part of the usual antics of blackmail by the enemies of Nigeria – those who do not want the progress that the Nigerian military are making and those who are not happy with the successes we are recording.

“They are trying to derail by inciting Nigerians against the Nigerian armed forces.

“There is no nation in the world where such thing (hiring mercenaries while winning a battle) happens.

“We are doing our best and achieving effective results; we don’t need to say it because Nigerians see it and appreciate what we are doing. We will continue to use our soldiers, our officers and all our domestic resources.

“The Nigerian armed forces is doing its best to ensure that we surmount the Boko Haram issue and other allied criminalities; so, such disinformation or blackmail will not deter us from doing what we are supposed to be doing.

“It is not just a lie; it is completely unfounded and baseless.

“We will continue to do our part and our armed forces are capable of dislodging Boko Haram.
“We have done it elsewhere and we will do it in our country”, he said.

It could be recakled that former President Goodluck Jonathan, was criticised for secretly engaging the services of some foreign meceneries.