The Acting Director Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, has said that the military was committed to the rescue of not only the Chibok girls but also all persons held captive by the Boko Haram insurgents.
Abubakar said that the military had rescued over 10,000 captives of the Boko Haram insurgents since the current military leadership was appointed.
He stressed that it was a top priority of the Armed Forces to ensure that the missing girls were rescued.
The Acting Defence Spokesman said that the Armed Forces would remain steadfast in waging the ongoing campaign against the Boko Haram insurgents and would not give in to blackmail.
Speaking on the recent video on the Chibok girls, Abubakar said that while the military had seen the video, it had not authenticated it.
He said that the video had nothing to do with the ongoing military operation in the North East even though the military had serious concerns for the presence of the girls in custody of the insurgents.
He added that it was the characteristic of terrorist organisations to use the social media to confuse people who did not know their antics.
Abubakar said that the video purported to be containing some of the Chibok girls could be concocted.
He said, “The Nigeria Armed Forces would never give up to blackmail and mere media war. We remain focused in dealing with the matter at hand and would be steadfast in that course.
“The truth will come to be in the nearest future; we are always hopeful through our unrelenting commitment to the protection of our country from any form of aggression. Our unified operations will go on and success is on our side.
“Terrorists by their nature rely on cheap publicity using social media to confuse those who don’t their antics.
“In as much as we care for the rescue of the Chibok girls, which is our target, we are equally not closing our eyes to the rescue of any person or persons in Boko Haram custody as we have been doing in recent times.
“Over 10,000 Persons d have so far been rescued since the new leadership came on board in the military. And we shall continue he in that direction no matter the media reports.
“All these things are campaigns. In as much as we saw the so called concocted video, it has nothing to do with our own activities, even though we are sympathetic to the plight of our sisters and brothers with the ungodly group.
“In as much as we have seen the video, it has not nothing to do with our operations. In this era of social media, anything can happen. It can be concocted because in this era of social mega, anything can happen, so people should not carried away.”