The Nigerian military has detached itself from comments made by Methodist Archbishop, Samuel Uche, at an interdenominational service to mark the 2015 Armed Forces Remembrance Day.
The clergyman, citing a military source, said at the service, attended by President Goodluck Jonathan, senior government officials and top military officers, that disgruntled Fulani and Kanuri ethnic nationalities were behind Boko Haram insurgency.
“Let me reveal to you this evening and at this important service at this juncture that some of our soldiers, because you know we Bishops have impact in the society, we relate with soldiers and all manner of people. And some of the people in warfront have confided in us that apart from some mercenaries from Chad, Libya as well as Somalia, 95 percent of those fighting our country are of Fulani and Kanuri origin,” Uche said.
In a report by Premium Times, Defence spokesperson, Major-General Chris Olukolade said the soldiers the Archibishop claimed spoke to him could be those who shared their opinions with him.
“The man said individuals spoke to him; that does not represent the official position of the military,” Olukolade. Olukolade said that many people masquerading like soldiers.