On a recent comment made on Channels TV, Femi Adesina claimed that, ‘All over the world, the military does not or rarely disclose the figure of its casualties.’ This statement has been under fire as it asserts that foreign military do not provide proof of their casualties as Nigerians demand of the Nigerian military.
A foreign journalist serving in Nigeria as well as other Nigerians have debunked the claims and provided proof to the contrary. Anna Cunningham, a foreign freelance journalist based in Nigeria, has dismissed Femi Adesina’s claims that the military does not or rarely disclose the figure of its casualties globally. Anna Cunningham also responded to a follower who said the links she provided are memorial/ archive lists not names of those published as they become casualty on war front. She tweeted: “I have reported on the funerals of soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The media were invited to cover the funeral services. Those deaths were made known by the MOD with permission from next of kin.”
Really @FemAdesina @channelstv ? Here is the list British military fatalities list available from the government https://t.co/YUC2jKBVtQ & here is the US list https://t.co/89vbxA7nD7 & the French https://t.co/g4WcyDYvc9 https://t.co/thPqHOJrdr
— Anna Cunningham (@journo_anna) November 25, 2018
UK Military casualty figures for 2017https://t.co/fI5I4GWy9h
— Uchenna (@Demoore90210) November 25, 2018
A nation that does not keep records or hides statistics isn't prepared to make improvements where it hurts.Hoping there will be an inquiry to all these happenings.
— olugbenga olukoya (@joecube) November 26, 2018
Adesina, the special adviser on media and publicity to President Buhari, appeared on the TV station as mounting criticisms trail the silence of his boss, after the reported killings of almost 100 Nigerian soldiers in Borno state. The military has not released an official number on the attack on the Nigerian Army by suspected Boko Haram terrorists. The silence has been criticised by many but security sources say the military considers it a psychological boost for terrorists when it confirms or reacts to such incidents. However, in 2015, Nigeria’s minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, declared that Boko Haram has been “technically defeated.” Mohammed’s statement was greeted with wide spread condemnation as the terrorist group was still coordinating and executing attacks in the north-east region at the time. This recent attacks further debunk his claims of defeat.