The Nigerian army has demanded an apology from online news publication, theCable over a recent report on their platform.
In the publication by the online news platform, it claimed the army had removed Christian Chukwu, as it spokesperson and appointed someone else.
The army says the ‘malicious’ report not only undermines the ”reputation of the senior officer which he has built over the years in the course of his career as well as misleading members of the public.”
See full statement by army below
The attention of the Directorate of Army Public Relations has been drawn to a news report trending in the online media published by the Cable titled “ARMY REPORTEDLY REMOVES TEXAS CHUKWU AS SPOKESMAN, RE-APPOINTS USMAN”.
In the said story, the report stated inter alia, that “Army reportedly removes Texas Chukwu as spokesman, reappoints Usman”.
The Directorate wishes to state categorically that the report is not only malicious but an attempt by the writer to tarnish the reputation of the senior officer which he has built over the years in the course of his career as well as misleading members of the public.
The write-up further alleged that his removal followed outcry from different quarters on his “inability” to manage information on counter-insurgency campaign, which is completely untrue and unsubstantiated.
Contrary, the Directorate wishes to state that, the re-appointment of Brig Gen SK Usman is a routine deployment in the NA following his completion of the Strategic course at National Institute of Policy & Strategic Studies NOT based on media management as alleged by the report.
It is also pertinent to state that i am proceeding to a Strategic Course at NIPSS #Jos. The Directorate wishes to state that the writer has only succeeded in exhibiting his ignorance or complete lack of knowledge about postings and appointments in the @HQNige
The Directorate therefore calls on the authority of @thecableng to advice the reporter to cultivate the habit of verifying facts as well as balancing his report before rushing to the press.
The medium is requested to tender an unreserved apology to the senior officer as well as the Directorate of Army Public Relations through the same medium within 24 hours or be ready to face legal action.