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We don’t need mercenaries to finish Boko Haram – Army

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Nigeria’s military command has said it does not need the services of foreign mercenaries to fight Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast.

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) expressed dismay with a report that foreign mercenaries would be used to fight Boko Haram.

According to Brig.-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, Acting Director Defence Information, the story is not only mischievous and unfounded but lacks merit and far from the truth..

“ Nigerian Armed Forces has the capacity and capability to clear the remnants of the terrorists from our land and that is what the military has been doing.

“It is not necessary or logical to go for mercenaries after the battle of Boko Haram insurgent had been won.

“The pocket of attacks witnessed in the last few days by the fleeing Boko Haram terrorist are isolated cases, though regrettable, that do not call for serious concern as it is not uncommon worldwide for such occurrence in any area that was once infested by terrorist groups.’’

He said that those peddling rumours on the use of mercenaries were mischievous.

“They have done it before and failed and are at it again. Surely, they will definitely  fail this time also.

“The unprecedented successes recorded against the deadly Boko Haram sect by the Nigerian military without seeking external force is there for all to see.’’

He said that the DHQ urge “our patriotic citizens to ignore the senseless talk’’ and dismiss the story.

The story was concocted to serve inglorious selfish interest, he said.

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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