The Nigerian military rejects media reports saying it is recruiting South African fighters for its anti-Boko Haram campaign in the north-east. Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, acting spokesman for the Defence Headquarters, says the military is dismay about “the disturbing report on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 edition of a newspaper claiming that foreign mercenaries would be used to fight the Boko Haram sect”.
“This story is not only mischievous and unfounded but also lacks merit and is far from the truth.
“The DHQ wishes to state, with emphasis, that the Nigerian Armed Forces have the capacity and capability to clear the remnants of the terrorists from our land and that is what the military has been doing. It is not necessary or logical to go for mercenaries after the battle against Boko Haram insurgents had been won.
“The pocket of attacks witnessed in the last few days by the fleeing Boko Haram terrorists is isolated, though regrettable. That does not call for serious concerns as it is not uncommon worldwide for such occurrence in any area that was once infested by terrorist groups,” says an excerpt from the statement.