While speaking during a Channels Television programme “Politics Today”, Femi Adesina, the Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, claimed that the military does not or rarely disclose the figure of its casualties globally.
Adesina who was reacting to criticisms of Nigerians over the failure of the nation’s military and the presidency to disclose the number of soldiers killed during the latest attack by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno, said:
“All over the world, the military does not or rarely disclose the figure of its casualties”, Femi Adesina was quoted to have said on Channels TV.
In a swift reaction, a foreign freelance journalist based in Nigeria, Anna Cunningham and AFP’s Abuja bureau chief, Phil Hazlewood, both dismissed Adesina’s claims.
Cunningham and Hazlewood debunked the presidential aide’s claim as the journalists went on to tweet links of where British, American, Canadian and Australian military publish the names of their fallen heroes.
Cunningham also responded to a follower who said the links she provided are memorial/ archive lists not names of those published as they become casualty on war front.
She tweeted: “I have reported on the funerals of soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The media were invited to cover the funeral services. Those deaths were made known by the MOD with permission from next of kin.”
See their tweets below;
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