By Muhammad Sabiu
The Nigerian Army on Sunday has debunked some media reports making the rounds that it warned some of its personnel against overthrowing the Buhari-led government.
A statement released via Facebook by Army’s spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu, described the media reports as “outrageous lies and fabrications.”
“The Directorate of Army Public Relations has been notified of an online story making the rounds, with the caption, ‘Defence Headquarters wars soldiers against overthrowing Buhari’s regime” published on November 13, 2021, by a certain online news medium dubbed -Naija News House
“The said publication, which was riddled with outrageous lies and fabrications claimed that the Defence Headquarters has denounced a call for the military to take over the reins of power. The online outlet went further to attribute its falsehood to “Army Spokesman, Brig-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu”.
Clarifying the issue, the statement added that the Nigerian Army had never made any statement of such nature.
It said, “However, for the sake of clarity and to keep the records straight, we wish to state that at no time did the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu issue any statement on the subject matter. It is, therefore, a figment of their imagination, which did not in any way emanate from Brig Gen Nwachukwu.”
With fabricated reports such as this and others, it’s obvious that Nigerian cyberspace has been littered with a lot of fake news, which has become a serious menace and has posed a serious threat to Nigeria’s peaceful coexistence.