By Sarah NEGEDU
The Nigerian Army has described as fake news a viral video purportedly showing the Minister of Defence, Gen. Bashir Magashi, boarding a black Sports Utility Vehicle with an AK-47 rifle strapped across his shoulder despite the fact that he had a military aide with him.
The video has attracted widespread criticisms since it surfaced, with Nigerians online inferring that the defence minister’s action was occasioned by the high rate of insecurity in the country.
In a post on its verified Facebook handle, the Nigerian Army tagged the viral video as ‘fake news’.
The Army stated that the video was made to demean the minister of defence.
“The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a falsified Social Media post aimed at demeaning the Honorable Minister of Defence. The Army wishes to state that the person in the video is not the Honorable Minister of Defence,” the simply Army stated.
The army, however, failed to state who it was in the video with its personnel.