The self-acclaimed leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, has berated the Nigerian Army over an attack on a military formation by Boko Haram which led to the death of a large number of Nigerian soldiers.
Concise News had quoted an AFP report, saying the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a Boko Haram splinter group killed at least 44 soldiers in attacks on three military bases in Borno State, northern Nigeria at the weekend.
The report stated that out of the 44 soldiers, no fewer than 43 were killed on Sunday in Metele, a remote village near the Nigerian border with Niger, according to a military officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Nigerian army had reacted to the Boko Haram attacks on Nigerian soldiers but kept mum on the casualty recorded.
“The attention of the NA has been drawn to several social media, print, electronic and online publications about the recent attack on 157 Task Force Battalion at Metele. Whilst it is true that there was an attack on the location on 18 November 2018, it has, however, become necessary to correct several misinformation being circulated with regards to this unfortunate event,” the army said in a statement.
“There was no air support”, the IPOB leader said in reference to the ambush of the soldiers by Boko Haram fighters, adding that “when they came to kill me they brought airport support with them but they left Igbo soldiers without air support,” he said.
“If your child is serving the Nigerian Army and you are a Biafran, if you want to see want to see your child alive withdraw them from the Nigerian Army because they are wasting them away, they are killing all of them.
“They left Biafran soldiers in the north to be killed but they brought janjaweed soldiers to kill us in Biafraland.
“The founder of Boko Haram was an innocent man but the Nigerian government killed him and his followers got angry and attacked.
“Nigerian Army wanted to kill me. The only weapon I have is my microphone in front of me.
“They came to kill my mother, father. They killed my men and my dog. They cannot defeat Boko Haram because they have what they have, guns and weapons.”