The Joint Security Information Committee on Security Development has warned those undermining ongoing operations in the North-East to desist from doing so or face the wrath of the law.
The committee comprises of Information Spokespersons for the Defence Headquarters, Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, State Security Services (SSS) and National Intelligence Agency (NIA).
Chairman of the committee, Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade of the Defence Headquarters gave the warning in Abuja on Thursday while addressing newsmen on the security situation in the country.
Olukolade said that the committee had noted with great concern, the premeditated attacks on the morale of the security forces engaged in the fight against terrorism by a section of the political elite.
He said that the people concerned often made frivolous and unfounded claims and allegations on welfare of soldiers under the pretext of being more caring for the welfare and condition of troops deployed in the battle-front.
The chairman said that the intention of such people was to “encourage indiscipline and ultimately mutiny”.
“This set of Nigerians has taken up every available media platform to disparage efforts of the leadership of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the fight against terror.
“They have accused the military and security authorities of denying the soldiers and other security personnel of their entitlements.
“They have also been spreading the rumour that the gallant Nigerian soldiers are grumbling over inadequate resources and lack of motivation to take on the insurgents”, he said.
Olukolade said that the unfounded allegations and outright rumour mongering were, “to say the least, callous, mischievous and inimical to the wellbeing of our national security”.
He said that in spite the false claims to ridicule the efforts and integrity of the security forces, the forces had remained cohesive.
The defence spokesperson noted that the gallant personnel were determined more than ever before to bring terrorism in the country to an end.
“I can assure you that we are conscious of the license and liberty we have to enforce law and order within the scheme of the state of emergency, the issues are being observed.
“At the appropriate time, with appropriate procedures, everyone found wanting to undermine the morale of our men or the operations in any form would pay dearly for it.
“However, we will follow procedures.
“This forum wishes to reassure the Nigerian people that the military and security agencies will not be deterred from the commitment to defend and protect our dear country from any form of insecurity or aggression”.
He added that the security forces would continue to put in their best effort, adding that in no distant future, the dividends of their efforts will be visible for all to see.