The Nigerian Army has accused top Northern politicians and elders of sabotaging efforts of its men to end activities of insurgents, Boko Haram in the country.
In a statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, the army informed the public of the activities of the Borno elders to scuttle the ongoing fight against terrorism in the country.“The Nigerian Army wishes to inform the public and send a very strong and serious final warning to some prominent individuals and political groups who hail from Borno State in particular and North East generally, that there is information of plans by some highly placed individuals and political groups to undermine and scuttle the fight against terrorism and insurgency in this country," the statement began.
'The unscrupulous individuals and their cohorts are determined to reverse the gains made and scuttle our efforts of achieving the Presidential directive to defeat Boko Haram terrorists within 3 months.'They are enlisting the services of some Non-Governmental Organizations in this grand design. “It has come to our knowledge that they are employing all means to see that our operation does not succeed in order for them to continue to enjoy certain benefits.
'It has been revealed that they are employing the services of marabouts and other unethical means in order to frustrate our efforts and the operations in addition to campaigns of calumny. “We are aware of their clandestine meetings and other diabolical efforts to achieve their nefarious aims and this will not be tolerated.'Therefore, such individuals and groups should be warned in unmistakable terms that anyone found will be dealt with accordingly. People should place the interest of the nation above any personal gain or ambition,' the statement read in full.