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FG launches nationwide campaign to support military - ITREALMS

The Federal Government has launched a nationwide campaign to support the military, reports ITREALMS.

Disclosing this, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Thursday the campaign is to rally the support of Nigerians for the military, especially in the fight against insurgency.

''The men and women in uniform who are risking all, including making the supreme sacrifice, to keep us safe deserve the support and prayers of all Nigerians, not vilification, insults and other acts that are capable of dampening their morale,'' Minister said while launching the campaign, tagged the National Campaign in Support of the Military, in Abuja.

He said it is particularly important for Nigerians to support the military at a time that it is facing a heightened challenge from global terrorists.

''As our gallant men and women in uniform clear the remnants of the home-grown insurgency called Boko Haram, they are confronting a fresh crisis, a global insurgency. A faction of Boko Haram has aligned with the global terror group, ISIS, to form ISWAP, the Islamic State's West African Province. In other words, ISIS now has a strong foothold in West Africa - with Nigeria in the forefront of the battle against them.

''Those who do not understand the fresh threat facing our nation, nor appreciate the sacrifice of our troops, have now made it their past-time to wage a campaign of disinformation against the military, especially in the social media. Doctored videos and pictures purporting to show mass military casualties are willfully circulated online. Such unpatriotic acts are discouraging and demoralizing our troops, and must stop forthwith,'' Alhaji Mohammed said.

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Pix: The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed (middle); Director of Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. John Agbim Hide original message (second right); Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, (second left); Director Public Relations and Information of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola (extreme left) and the Director Information, Nigerian Navy, Commodore Sulaiman Dahun (extreme right) at the launch of the National Campaign in Support of The Military in Abuja on Thursday.

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