By Shola Abayomi.
The Nigerian Army has reacted to threats by the Chadian government to withdraw its military from Nigerian territories, which it claimed were liberated by its forces in a recent onslaught on Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists.
The Chadian military had earlier issued the threats while condemning Nigeria’s policy of rehabilitating and reintegrating repentant Boko Haram insurgents into society.
Reacting, the Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, who addressed a press briefing in Abuja stressed that no part of Nigeria’s territory was being occupied by its neighbours.
Enenche, however, warned that Chad had no right to withdraw from Lake Chad because it was part of the Lake Chad Basin Commission as well as a member of the Multinational Joint Task Force.
He further advised the Chadian military to convey their reservations about Nigeria’s Amnesty programme to the appropriate diplomatic channels.
The top Army official said: “First, let me say that Chad is not on any Nigerian territory. Not one inch of our land or Nigerian territory will ever be occupied by our neighbours.
“Lake Chad belongs to all of us. If they are on the area close to their border, no problem. But the truth is that they can not even withdraw from Lake Chad because they are part of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and they are part of the Multinational Joint Task Force.
“Chadian military has no right to question Nigeria’s Amnesty program. If they want to know more of how it is operated, they should ask questions through the proper channel which is their embassy.”
Watch the video shared by President Muhammadu Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad.
Kindly watch this video, as Nigerian Army shed light, tell their own side of the story and ask this question ‘What Champions are you?’ Hopefully, our local media, esp., those made headlines out of that propaganda will use the same energy to tell their readers this story. Pls RT! pic.twitter.com/j14Pgl2CCs
— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) April 20, 2020