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JUST IN: Trouble LOOMS As Buhari Clashes With Nigerian Military Over Boko Haram Swap Deal

Report reaching our newsroom from the Nigerian military say that the decision of the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to swap deadly Boko Haram commanders for 21 Chibok girls is causing ripples of anger within the military especially among the troops involved in the counter-insurgency operations in the restive northeast.

A source who emailed our newsroom from Abuja said although the release of the girls who have been in captivity was a thing of joy but what Nigeria gave in exchange for the girls did not go down well with top military figures.
Recall Nigeria's Vice President Osinbajo had denied on Friday in an interview with Al Jazeera that Nigeria released top Boko Haram commanders in return for the freed Chibok girls. Our source exclusively revealed that the Vice President had to tell that lie out of fear  and to douse the rising discontent and tension within a section of the military who received the news with mixed feelings.
Majority of the military officers said the release of the Boko Haram commanders took them by storm as they only heard about it in the news which reports say did not go down well with them considering the number of civilians and security personnel  that have died in the over six years old insurgency.
Also in the report emailed to our newsroom, our source added that a top military officer who does not want his name in print said it was a political decision as the majority of the members of the armed forces  frowned upon the swap.
However, he said that unfortunate as it all appears, but that does not in any way foreclose the ongoing military campaign in the northeast.
His words: “You must understand that it is not all information that we release to people. The lives of those girls were at stake. Negotiations securely rest on the shoulders of political leaders, but that does not mean that military operations will not continue. We must protect the civilian populace from attacks and build confidence in the citizenry. It was a political decision; we are under the political leadership. We derive our mandate from the constitution as provided for by democratic governance.
“The military action must continue and it is going on as planned. We are working round the clock, in concert with other security agencies, to ensure that the remaining girls are also rescued.”

(DGW)

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