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Nigerian Army Distances Self From Solidarity Rallies

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The Nigerian Army has dissociated itself from reported rallies celebrating the victories against Boko Haram insurgents and said such movements are capable of distracting troops involved in the war.

The army in a statement issued on Thursday by its spokesperson, Sani Usman, cautioned those involved to be careful, as fleeing members of the insurgents could take advantage to carry out attacks.

“The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a number of groups and individuals celebrating the routing out and decimation of Boko Haram terrorists on our soil. So much as we thank them for that, it is imperative to state that we do not begrudge such persons their desire to identify and associate themselves with this success.

“However, the Nigerian Army wishes to disassociate itself from such celebrations and solidarity rallies,” the statement said.

While advising members of the public to remain vigilant, the army assured that it would remain professional and focused as it clears the remnants of the group from the country.



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