The Nigerian Army has re-appointed Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman as its spokesman after completing a strategic course at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies’’ (NIPSS) at Kuru in Jos, Plateau State.
Usman takes over from Brigadier General Texas Chukwu who took over from him about a year ago when Brigadier General Usman was nominated for the Course.
A statement posted in the Nigerian Whatsapp platform on Friday, by Brigadier General Chukwu also stated that he “will be proceeding to the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies Kuru, Jos for his Strategic course.”
The Directorate of Army Public Relations said in the statement that its attention was drawn to a publication in online alleging that “Army reportedly removes Texas Chukwu, re-appoints Usman.’’
“The Directorate wishes to state categorically that the report is not only malicious but an attempt by the writer to tarnish the reputation of the senior officer which he has built over the years in the course of his career as well as misleading members of the public.
Particularly, “the write-up further alleged that his removal followed outcry from different quarters on his “inability” to manage information on counter-insurgency campaign, which is completely untrue and unsubstantiated.
“Consequently, the directorate wishes to state that the writer has only succeeded in exhibiting his ignorance or complete lack of knowledge about postings and appointments in the Nigerian Army.
The directorate, therefore, call on the online medium to “advise the reporter to cultivate the habit of verifying facts as well as balancing his report before rushing to the press.’’
“The medium is requested to tender an unreserved apology to the senior officer as well as the Directorate of Army Public Relations through the same medium within 24 hours or be ready to face legal action,’’ the statement said