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DHQ: Religion, politics meddling with national security 

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…Jude Johnson

The Defence Headquarters  (DHQ), has singled out politics and religion as the two most prominent factors meddling with Nigeria’s national security.

The Director of Defence Information  (DDI), Brig-Gen. Rabe Abubakar,  in a statement on Thursday,  said condemned reports that security forces are using Boko Haram terrorists to kill adherents of one of the two major religion in the country.

“The attention of the Defence Headquarters has been drawn to a misleading, baseless and concocted online story that Nigerian military is out to exterminate adherents of a particular religion in a particular region using surrendered Boko Haram terrorists,.

“This story, to say the least, is mischievous, mendacious and calculated attempt to cause apprehension in the country and create division in the military,” Abubakar said.

He stressed the fact that  Nigerian Armed Forces is constituted by Nigerians of all tribes and religious affiliation.

According to him, “it is therefore callous and outrageous for anybody to think of the military taking side with one religious group against another”.

He noted that “everybody knows that Boko Haram is enemy to all Nigerians, therefore, to think of using them against our people is indeed senseless”.

“Religion and politics should not meddled with security affairs,” he concluded .

Abubakar also emphasised that “Nigerian Armed Forces is a symbol of national unity and cohesion and should not be a subject of smear campaign by unpatriotic, idle and ill-meaning elements hiding under unanimity of social media platforms”.

To this end, he said, Nigerian military will not be distracted from carrying out its constitutional responsibility of defending the territorial integrity of our great nation and our citizens.

The Defence Spokesperson urged members of the public  to be wary of such toxic message which clearly is an ill wind that blows no one any good, therefore should be discountenanced.

“Those behind such ungodly dissemination of falsehood, hate and divisive messages online are advised to desist forthwith in the best interest of national peace, security and unity as effort is underway to track them,” he warned.

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