Some prominent indigenes from the North-East are planning to subvert the on-going war against Boko Haram insurgency, the Nigerian Army has said.
A statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, on Friday that the individuals and political groups were engrossed in looking for ways to reverse the gains of the war against the terror gang.
According to him, those involved in the mischief were engaging marabouts, non-government organisations and others to frustrate the operation.
He said the Army was aware of the evil plan and would not tolerate the antics of those behind the plot, warning that the military would not hesitate to deal with them.
His words: “The Nigerian Army wishes to inform the public and send a very strong warning to some prominent individuals and political groups who hail from Borno State in particular and North-East generally, that there is information of plans by some highly placed individuals and political groups to scuttle the fight against terrorism and insurgency in this country.
“The unscrupulous individuals and their cohorts are determined to reverse the gains made and scuttle our efforts of achieving the Presidential directive to defeat Boko Haram terrorists within three months. They are enlisting the services of some non-governmental organisations in this grand design.
“It has come to our knowledge that they are employing every means to see that our operation does not succeed in order for them to continue to enjoy certain benefits.
“It has been revealed that they are employing the services of marabouts and other unethical means in order to frustrate our efforts and the operations in addition to campaign of calumny.
“We are aware of their clandestine meetings and other diabolical efforts to achieve their nefarious aims. This would not be tolerated.
“Therefore, such individuals and groups should be warned in unmistakable terms that anyone found would be dealt with accordingly.”