The Nigerian Army has urged the general public to disregard a report in an online newspaper publication titled: “Buratai blames Lt-Col. Ali’s death on President Buhari, hails Goodluck.”

Reacting to the report in a statement on Wednesday, army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman described it as “false and a figment of their imagination resulting from their jaundiced and unjustified hatred of the person of the COAS and the Nigerian Army.

“The publication is also a calculated mischief by some unknown individuals designed to achieve some ulterior motives.

“The content of that mischievous publication exists only in their imagination.

“There has never been anytime or occasion where the Chief of Army Staff  stated that.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Chief of Army Staff could never have said something like that.

“He remains absolutely loyal to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“He remains resolute in the fight against terrorism and insurgency in our country and no amount of distraction or unwarranted attacks would change that,” Usman said.

He said the army would unravel those behind the publication and “decipher their motive and objectives” and urged management of the newspaper to formally dissociate itself from the publication.