Maj.-Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi has revealed how a video showing him lamenting difficulty faced by troops to effectively fight Boko Haram, got leaked.
Adeniyi was redeployed as Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maiduguri, which is prosecuting counterinsurgency operations in the North-East, to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC), as a Senior Research Fellow on Tuesday, two days after the video leaked.
According to a statement by acting director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, the redeployment takes effect from Wednesday, April 1.
The video, which showed Adeniyi lamenting insufficient equipment, aerial support and intelligence, drew comments from many quarters online.
But in a message to his soldiers after news of the redeployment was announced, Adeniyi said his orderly and his friend leaked the video he sent to his superiors at army headquarters.
He urged the soldiers fighting the terrorists to continue to defend their fatherland with commitment and honour, as he did as their commander.
“I am posted and also a happy man. Nobody should send any long pitiable message to me.
“I have not failed, nor led irresponsibly. I have demanded your best which you gave.
“Video meant for ASA leaked by my orderly and his friend could not have been helped. For even that there is nothing to be bitter about.
“We all had fun fighting Boko Haram together. God bless you,” he was quoted as saying by Herald.