A Nigerian newspaper, Premium Times, had published a report titled, “Exclusive: Nigeria raises troops for Gambia, ready to remove Yahya Jammeh” in which it claims that Africa’s economic super power is readying troops in case mediation fails to settle country political impasse.
The Nigerian Army on Thursday dismissed a report alleging that it was planning to remove Gambian President Yahya Jammeh by force.
Premium Times had published a report titled, “Exclusive: Nigeria raises troops for Gambia, ready to remove Yahya Jammeh.”
In a statement released on Thursday, the Nigerian Army condemned the report as false and emphasized that it is not planning an attack on The Gambia or any other country.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to disassociate itself from such false information that exists only in the figment of the imagination of the medium [Premium Times]. There was not a time or place when the Nigerian Army disclosed such information to the medium,” Brigadier General Sani K. Usman stated in the press release.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Nigerian Army is not planning to attack any country,” he said.
Mr. Usman denounced the online publication for spreading false information, saying that doing such is not only unethical, but could endanger the lives of Nigerians in the diaspora.
“The medium is please requested to always clarify such matters affecting national security and diplomatic issues that may endanger the safety and security of Nigerians abroad to avoid such a misleading and embarrassing publication,” he said.
On Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to Gambia to mediate the political transition dialogue in the small West African nation.
Source: Sahara Reporters