DHQ denies not knowing about release of Chibok girls

The Nigerian Defence Headquarters have denied the reports in some online media and national dailies that they had no knowledge of the release of 21 Chibok girls by Boko Haram. 

This comes even as the military said it is working in harmony with sister security agencies to ensure the freedom of the remaining girls as well as put an end to terrorism completely, Vanguard reports.

Released Chibok girls meet with Vice president Yemi Osinbajo

This was contained in a statement release made available to newsmen on Saturday, October 15. However, the military said negotiations for the remaining girls’ release solely rests on the shoulders of the politicians and not the military.

The statement read: “The Defence Headquarters attention has been drawn to an online and newspaper publication insinuating that there is a mix feelings among Nigerian military ranks and files as a result of the recent release of some Chibok girls. The military wishes to state unequivocally that the Armed Forces will continue to work closely with all our sister security agencies to achieve more feat in this direction.
 
“The military also want to debunk the baseless and unfounded story that there is disquiet in the military over the condition of release of the girls.

The Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies are one, working together to finish the war on terror and other criminalities which can be done covertly or overtly.

The most important thing is achieving our strategic objective. The DHQ has said before that negotiation with the terrorists or any other group rests purely on our respected political leaders.

The military operations to rid our land of terrorists continue. “It is important to state that not all information are meant for public consumption due to processes which is purely political. More so, the on-going military operation is making unprecedented progress with rescue of many captives held by the terrorists.

The general public should discountenance with this baseless and misleading story. “While the Armed Forces holds the media veritable partner, it urges the media to be mindful and clarify with the military when reporting security and defence issues bothering on sensitive national matters of this nature.”

On Thursday, October 13, 21 Chibok girls were released by the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group. The girls were reported to have been released in the early hours of the morning.

According to the National Inter-faith and religious Organisation of Nigeria for Peace, Christians and Muslim faithful in the country should use this Sunday and Friday to offer thanksgiving for the release of the 21 Chibok girls.

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