Nigeria denies reported divisions in the military

From EMEKA OKONKWO
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Nigerian Defence has denied tensions between the Air Force and the Army after media claimed the former was liable in the killing of eight soldiers by the Boko Haram.
Online media claimed the air force had refused to provide air cover to the soldiers, resulting in their vulnerability to an attack by the militant
Islamic group in the northeastern Yobe city recently.
Major General John Enenche, the Director Defence Information, dismissed the articles on online media as a falsehood.
“The ill motivated news against the Nigerian Air Force in particular and the military, in general, should be disregarded by the general public as it lacks merit,” Enenche said.
He maintained the army, air force and navy had always been operating jointly and equally synergised in their common spheres of influence to eliminate the Boko Haram.
“Hence, it is not possible for the Nigerian Air Force to refuse to provide air cover to the Nigerian Army at this moment of its peak air activity,” Enenche said.
He added, “Therefore, the ill motivated story should be discarded.”
The military is engaged in battle with the Boko Haram, the terror group that seeks to overthrow the government and establish an Islamic state.
An estimated 10 000 people have been killed during the violent campaign.
CAJ News

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