The Vice-Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on National Security and Intelligence, Mr Ade Adeogun, has criticised troops who record their activities in the war against insurgents in the North-East and publish the videos on social media.
The lawmaker made the criticism while featuring on TVC News on Saturday, a clip of which our correspondent monitored on Tuesday.
He was asked questions about a video that went viral last week, in which some soldiers in the Operation Lafiya Dole in Yobe State, who were ambushed by terrorists, were seen cursing the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai. Feedback through the videos from troops at the battlefront, Adeogun said, “When you are dealing with soldiers, first I think it is even indiscipline; it is unprofessional for soldiers to go to warfront with cameras because it is a huge distraction. I have been involved in security before and it is a no-no for someone carrying a weapon to carry a phone. What happens when the phone rings?
Adeogun also said the military had done more in the fight against insurgents in the last three months, than they have done in one year.
“If this issue of state of welfare and abandonment was happening about a year ago, then I would say there was probably a problem; but I am aware that the military has improved their capability over the past three months.”