The Nigerian Army has re-appointed Sani Usman Kukasheka as its spokesman weeks after he had completed a ‘strategic course’ at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, at Kuru in Jos.
However, a statement posted on its Whatsapp platform on Friday, the Army refuted the allegation making the rounds that Mr Kukasheka’s reappointment was as a result of media mismanagement by the erstwhile spokesman, Texas Chukwu.
The army maintained that the re-appointment of Mr Kukasheka was routine.
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The statement read in part: “The Directorate wishes to state categorically that the report is not only malicious but an attempt by the writer to tarnish the reputation of the senior officer which he has built over the years in the course of his career as well as misleading members of the public.
“The write-up further alleged that his removal followed outcry from different quarters on his “inability” to manage information on counter-insurgency campaign, which is completely untrue and unsubstantiated.
“Consequently, the directorate wishes to state that the writer has only succeeded in exhibiting his ignorance or complete lack of knowledge about postings and appointments in the Nigerian Army.
The directorate, therefore, call on the online medium to “advise the reporter to cultivate the habit of verifying facts as well as balancing his report before rushing to the press.
“The medium is requested to tender an unreserved apology to the senior officer as well as the Directorate of Army Public Relations through the same medium within 24 hours or be ready to face legal action,’’ the statement said.