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Infanticide: I disagree with Reuters, says KPF’s Ummu Kalthum

Infanticide: I disagree with Reuters, says KPF’s Ummu Kalthum

The founder and CEO of the Maiduguri-based NGO, Kalthum Foundation for Peace, Amb Ummu Kalthum Muhammad Rabiu has expressed sadness over a purported report by Reuters to dent the image of the Nigerian military

According to the alleged report, the Nigerian military planned and carried out forced abortions on over 12,000 women and girls. In their investigation, the military was also charged with murdering children in northeast Nigeria starting in 2013.

Top Nigerian Army figures like Lt. General TY Buratai Rtd, late Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru, General LEO Irabor, and current Army head Lt. General Faruk Yahaya were named in the fictitious Reuters story as the perpetrators of the terrible atrocities.

The founder and CEO of the Maiduguri-based NGO Kalthum Foundation for Peace, Ummu Kalthum, expressed her shock and dismay over the serious allegations made by Reuters about the Nigerian military.

Kalthum has been actively involved in crisis negotiations, peace-building initiatives, and conciliatory efforts between the government, terrorists, and locals.

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She said, “I have had cause to work closely with the military over the years and also interacted with insurgents as well as victims and their families. I want to say with all sense of responsibility as a woman and a local that thise allegations of infanticide and killing of children is wicked and very insensitive.

“My interactions with the military had made me to have tremendous respect for them because of their professionalism. I think international news organizations like Reuters should aid the Nigerian government with creative ways to end the insurgency; they should not be the ones demonizing the military.

It is okay if they advocate for alternative dispute resolution with the insurgents because every war has to end on the table. But to come out and be making this kind of accusations is something I find difficult to understand.”

Kalthum Foundation for Peace has with the support of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Army rescued hostages from the hands of Boko Haram insurgents.

Some of the released hostages include teenagers like Ndagila Ibrahim and her sister, and Halima Mohammed who was a corps member abducted along Gwoza Road.

Infanticide: I disagree with Reuters, says KPF’s Ummu Kalthum

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