The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) read with dismay the disturbing report on Wednesday 9 November 2016 edition of Thisday Newspaper claiming that foreign mercenaries would be used to fight Boko Haram.
The DHQ stated this in a press release issued by the Acting Director Defence Information, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar on Thursday in Abuja.
“This story is not only mischievous and unfounded but lacks merit and far from the truth.
“The DHQ wishes to state, with emphasis, that the Nigerian Armed Forces have the capacity and capability to clear the remnants of the terrorists from our land and that is what the military has been doing.
“It is not necessary or logical to go for mercenaries after the battle of Boko Haram insurgent had been won.” He said.
Rabe said that the pocket of attacks witnessed in the last few days by the fleeing Boko Haram terrorist are isolated cases, though regrettable, that do not call for serious concern as it is not uncommon worldwide for such occurrence in any area that was once infested by terrorist groups.
He said that those peddling rumours on the use of mercenaries are mischievous. Added that they have done it before and failed and are at it again.
“Surely, they will definitely fail this time also.
“The unprecedented successes recorded against the deadly Boko Haram sect by the Nigerian military without seeking external force is there for all to see.” He said.
The DHQ urged patriotic citizens to ignore the senseless talk and dismiss the story in its entirety as it was concocted to serve inglorious selfish interest.
Mercenaries are people who take part in armed conflicts, whom are not nationals or parties to a conflict and are motivated to take part in fights or war by the desire for private gain.
Mercenaries fight for money or other recompenses instead of fighting for ideological interests, whether they agree with or are against the existing government.
In the last century, and as reflected in the Geneva Convention, mercenaries have increasingly come to be seen as less entitled to protections by rules of war than non-mercenaries.