Army Spokesman Olukolade Reacts to Soldiers Mutiny in Maduguri
The Nigerian army has reacted to the mutiny of its soldiers at the Maimalari Barracks in Maiduguri, Borno State which incidentally is the hotbed of Bojo Haram insurgency.
In a brief comment, Army spokesman Maj-Gen Chris Olukolade described the incident in Maiduguri as an internal matter and said there was no need for public concern.
The soldiers had on Wednesday opened fire on their commander, Maj-Gen Ahmed Mohammed whom the soldiers accused of responsibility for the killing of their colleagues.
According to reports, the military commander escaped unhurt after soldiers shot at his car at the barracks.
Even with Olukolade’s claim, BBC Nigeria analyst Naziru Mikailu says the shooting shows that morale within the army is low as it battles Boko Haram.
This reiterates the stand by some stakeholders including the governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima who said the morale of the military is low and that they lacked the required capacity to fight the Boko Haram insurgent.
But Kashim’s statement drew wild criticism from the Nigerian government, including President Jonathan himself.
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