Army Chief, Minimah, Shuts Journalists Out Of Senate Parley

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‘Security issues are not discussed on the pages of newspapers’ was the reason Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Major General Kenneth Minimah asked journalists to leave Thursday’s interface between him and the Senate Committee on Defence. The Committee, headed by George Sekibo (PDP, Rivers State), invited the Army Chief to brief members of the Army’s efforts to contain the Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast. Minimah’s first statement: “I came to interface with the Senate Committee on Defence. Can the press leave us please? This is because operational matters are never discussed on the pages of newspapers.” This did not go down well with a member of the committee, Babafemi Ojudu (APC Ekiti State), who told the Army Chief  how important the role of the media as regards effort to overcome the insurgency. Another member, Abdul Ningi spoke similarly, but Minimah had his way. Two hours after, Sekibo emerged to tell waiting journalists that Minimah said the “army encountered problem in Bassa, compelling it to yield territories to the insurgents. He said Manimah assured the territories would be reclaimed.

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