Nigerian Army has dismissed reports that the Boko Haram fighters are better equipped than Nigerian soldiers.
Brigadier-General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Army spokesman, has made this known in a statement that addresses various issues and concerns about the ongoing counter-insurgency war in Nigeria’s north east.
He said: “Unfortunately, the psychological attacks are not being waged against the Nigerian army by the Boko Haram terrorists alone, but also by some misguided elements both within and out of the country.
“In spite of extant rules, these groups of persons discuss highly classified military issues which they are mostly ignorant about on various media platforms.
“Indeed, those who should know better are the ones perpetrating these acts.
“The psychological effects of spreading misinformation and fake news are grievous and inimical to national security and should not be allowed to continue.
“Nothing can be further from the truth as the armed forces of Nigeria have universally accepted doctrines, better trained, equipped and well motivated.
“Therefore, there is no basis for comparison between the Nigerian soldier and the Boko Haram terrorists.’’
“The psychological attacks have been further aggravated by some unpatriotic elements in the society that take joy and pride in propagating such falsehoods.
“It is surprising that some Nigerians, for whatever mundane reasons, would compare a group of confused and misguided elements operating under the influence of drugs and warped ideologies to Nigerian army troops.
“It will be necessary to observe that unlike the Nigerian army, the terrorists live amongst the populace and used that opportunity to spread their propaganda.
“Nigerian army fights according to set down Rule of Engagement, while the Boko Haram terrorists do not.
“Also, while the Nigerian army seeks to protect lives and properties, the renegades seek to destroy same.
“They (comments) are borne out of selfish, political and unpatriotic reasons with a view to bringing down the government of the day.
“We totally condemn and reject the insinuations that the Boko Haram terrorists are better equipped than the Nigerian army.
“Rather, we are bold to say and re-affirm that Nigerian army troops are better trained, equipped and better motivated than the rag-tag terrorists.
“Indeed, there is no basis for comparison.
“It should be realised that the use of psychological attack on the army is as potent as the use of arms and ammunition.’’