The Defence Headquarters has refuted a recent publication claiming that the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Musa, passed away.
The Defence Headquarters, in a statement signed by Tukur Gusau, the director of defence information, deemed the report as unfortunate, unethical, and lacking credibility.
Setting the record straight, the statement asserts that General CG Musa is alive and in good health. General Musa, who recently returned from an official assignment abroad, has resumed his duties with renewed vigor, continuing his distinctive leadership style to advance the interests of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
It also acknowledged that the online newspaper responsible for the false report has since retracted the story and issued an unreserved apology to General Musa, his family, and the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
In a plea for public cooperation, the Defence Headquarters requested the media to use their platforms to inform the general public about the inaccuracy of the news.
The statement expressed gratitude for the usual cooperation of the media.
The statement reads in full:
General Christopher Musa Alive, Hearty
1. The attention of the Defence Headquarters has been drawn to an unfortunate publication by an online news paper alledging that the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Musa passed away yesterday. The report is unfortunate, unethical and lack credibility.
2. To put the records straigth the CDS, General CG Musa is alive and hearty. The Chief of Defence Staff who just returned from an official assignment outside the country has resumed work with more vigour to continue with his uncommon leadership style to prosper the Armed Forces of Nigeria .
3. The online newspaper have since retracted the news story and offered its unreserved apology to the CDS, his family and the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
4. You are please requested to use your medium to inform the general public. Thank you for your usual cooperation.
Director, Defence Information
21 November, 2023.