Following the emergence of a viral video of the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Doguwa, bearing a gun, the Nigerian Defence Headquarters has said the clip was taken during the 3 Brigade Nigerian Army Training Exercise, where he was invited as a special guest and he fired AK-47 rifle in Falgore Forest ceremoniously.
According to Defence spokesman, Brig.-General Tukur Gusau, “The Defence Headquarters wishes to state that the video is a calculated attempt by mischief-makers to discredit the Armed Forces of Nigeria and dent its image before the good people of this country and the world at large.
“The video in question was taken at Falgore Forest Military Training Camp during the 3 Brigade Nigerian Army Training Exercise, where Alhassan Ado Doguwa was invited as a special guest.
“It is worthy to state that when senior citizens and special guests are invited for such exercises, they are accorded the honour to participate in the firing exercise as a ceremonial firing party.
Ceremonial firing in such an exercise is the practice the world over and it is not new in the armed forces as several other senior citizens have participated in such exercises in the past”, he said.
According to Gusau, the viral video was posted with an intent to dent the image of the military at a time the role of the armed forces in the last presidential and National Assembly elections was hailed by Nigerians and the international community.
The defence spokesman stated that the military would continue to discharge its constitutional responsibilities while remaining apolitical to strengthen the democratic values of the nation.