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Group Accuses Reuters For Going About As Representatives For Terrorists In North-East

The civil society organization North-East Advocacy for Peace (NEAP) has urged the international news organization Reuters not to stifle the newly established peace in Nigeria’s North-East geopolitical zone.

In a statement, the group’s President, Mr. Abdul Monguno, cited an alleged plot by Reuters to accuse the military of being complicit in unethical practices in the region as the basis for the warning.

He described the attempt by Reuters, a foreign media organization, to use its medium to undermine Nigeria’s national security as unethical and a failed mission, and he attributed the return of peace to ongoing military operations in the region.

He claims that the international news agency Reuters, which is now part of Thomson Reuters, wrote that it was working on a series of stories about alleged actions taken by the Nigerian military during the government’s 13-year war against Islamist insurgents in the North-East of the country.

Monguno expressed surprise at the foreign news agency’s petty attempt to discredit the Nigerian military by making unsubstantiated claims and spreading false information.

The president of the NEAP said that Nigerians, especially those who live in the North-East, would not fall for the evil agenda of Reuters.

“It is a shame that Reuters is now acting as agents for terrorists that have caused us pains, terrorists that sent us into Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) homes in our country. It is a shame that a group of people who caused us several years of backwardness can be defended by Reuters.

“Is Reuters aware of the several girl children forced into motherhood as a result of the activities of the insurgents?

“Is Reuters aware of our youths who have abandoned everything to become terrorists?

“Is Reuters aware of families who have been disjointed and some killed?

“We, NEAP, and several other genuine organisations are better placed to say what we have faced in the years that our region has been turned upside down and Reuters cannot speak for us.

“Instead of crucifying our military, they should be commended for the sacrifice been made to restore peace and stability in our region.

“We use this opportunity to warn that the gradual return of peace as a result of ongoing operations should not be truncated by the ulterior motives of Reuters,” he said.

Monguno inquired if Reuters was alarmed by the gradual return to peace in the region and if the news organization was aware that more than 82,000 terrorists had surrendered and truly repented of their evil deeds.

He stated that Reuters was aware of praise for Nigeria’s military for maintaining peace in troubled areas.

Monguno asserts that the negative report will not influence Nigerians, particularly those living in the North-East.

“We remain eternally grateful to our Armed Forces for the ongoing military operations in the North-East and the non-kinetic approach of the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, which is yielding massive successes,” he added.

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