The Nigerian Army on Saturday cleared the air that it did not point accusing fingers at Borno Elders of sponsoring Boko Haram.


Making the clarification, Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman said, “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to observations and concerns by well meaning Nigerians especially the Borno Elders Leaders of Thought (BELT) about the  misinterpretation of the warning.


“It becomes necessary to  clarify to the effect that the statement released yesterday does not refer to the leaders of BELT or majority of the good people and law abiding prominent citizens of Borno State.


“The warning was to inform a specific group of people whose activities are inimmical to our collective quest for peace as enumerated in the release. It is important to observe that what is required at this crucial period is for everyone to rally round the Federal Government to bring to a speedy end the wanton destruction of lives and properties by the Boko Haram insurgency.


“The Borno Elders and Leaders of Thought cannot hold any clandestine meetings and therefore as a responsible organisation the Nigerian Army holds them in high esteem.


“We however wish to reiterate unequivocally that the Nigerian Army has credible information that certain individuals and groups are losing out of the successes being achieved and therefore want to discredit the renewed fight against Boko Haram. We would not tolerate nor allow them to actualise their nefarious intents.”







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