By Tarkaa David, Abuja |
The Nigerian Military has directed its Principal Workers Officers (PSOs), Normal Officers Commanding (GOCs) and Subject Commanders (CO) to be at alert over rising threats to undermine Nigeria’s safety following the violence that trailed the EndSARS protest throughout the nation.
The Chief of Military Workers, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, who charged the army high command to take care of subversive components throughout the nation with a view to restore peace, nonetheless declared that the Military will guarantee democratic stability in Nigeria as a result of it’s the solely panacea for growth and progress.
Buratai who gave the order after a gathering with PSOs, GCOs and Subject Commanders on the Military Headquarters Abuja yesterday reaffirmed the Military’s loyalty to Nigerian and President Muhammadu Buhari.
He additional warned that the Military won’t permit any native or worldwide pressure, components or destabilising brokers to set Nigeria on hearth.
Disclosing that 10 AK-47 rifles had been misplaced to hoodlums within the final two weeks, he ordered a decisive response to any act of arson or try to kill or maim any army or safety personnel.
In an deal with by the appearing director Military Public Relations Colonel Sagir Musa, Gen Buratai warned the PSOs, GOCs and discipline commanders towards disloyalty amongst all officers and troopers of the Nigerian Military (NA).
The Military chief stated, “The occasions of the previous few days in our expensive nation have proven the willpower of some unscrupulous people and teams to destabilize Nigeria by all means.
“These people, teams and different undesirable components have hijacked the peaceable #ENDSARS protest marches ensuing to widespread violence, acts of wanton destruction and looting of private and non-private properties in lots of elements of the nation. These acts led to the imposition of curfew in a number of states of the federation.
“The current actions by unscrupulous components have proven their want to accumulate arms and ammunition in any respect value from safety personnel.
“A minimum of 10 AK-47 rifles have been misplaced to those miscreants up to now 2 weeks throughout the nation with attendant misplaced of lives of personnel”.
Whereas charging the commanders to nip within the bud the rising development in any respect value, the COAS directed them to warn their troops on inner safety or on guard duties exterior the barracks to be at most alert always and to deal decisively with any assault on their obligation areas.
Buratai additionally directed the highest army brass to reiterate to all their subordinates that the Nigeria Military was decided to make sure democratic stability in Nigeria as the one panacea for growth and progress.
He added: “One of the best system of governance is democracy and we should all make sure that Nigeria’s democracy stays steady and regular. We won’t permit any pressure, components or destabilising brokers in or exterior our nation to set our beloved nation on hearth.
“We stay resolute in doing the whole lot potential to make sure that subversive components, detractors and different enemies of this nice nation don’t obtain their goals and aims of destabilisation”.
He revealed that the Military was conscious of the grand design by the sponsors of the #ENDSARS protests to attract the Military into the disaster for the reason that onset of the protest.
Buratai stated, “The plan was to embark on huge propaganda to discredit the army and the federal government in order to set the folks towards the NA as soon as it’s known as out to assist the civil authorities.
“The NA being conscious of the devilish plan was cautious to not be dragged in and issued the preliminary warning by a press launch on 14 October 2020 of our resolve to safe and safeguard a United Nigeria.
“Now the detractors alongside their native and worldwide collaborators have mischievously and intentionally misrepresented troops’ efforts to make sure compliance with the curfew imposed by official civil authorities in Lagos and different states. These agitators are falsely accusing the NA of being liable for the actions of the miscreants regardless of obtrusive proof on the contrary”.
On the threats on visa ban and different sanctions, Buratai stated, “They’ve frequently threatened to report the NA to the Worldwide Legal Court docket (ICC) and likewise threatened varied types of sanctions towards personnel and their households.
“Fortunately nonetheless, a big share of Nigerians and the worldwide neighborhood have began seeing by the smokescreen of falsehood and deliberate misrepresentation of information being orchestrated by enemies of Nigeria and have retracted their earlier false publications.
“Regardless of all these, the NA has continued to train restraint, utilized all of the Rules of Inner Safety Operations and totally abided by the internationally acknowledged Guidelines of Engagement as contained in our revealed Customary Working Procedures for Inner Safety Operations that are derived from the Worldwide Human Rights Legal guidelines and are in accordance with the worldwide rules guiding using pressure”.
He charged high instructions of the Military to not be afraid of the ICC for finishing up their official duties as acknowledged within the 1999 Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and different extant legal guidelines, guidelines and rules of Nigeria.
He stated, “They’ve each proper underneath the Structure to hold out assigned and legit roles of sustaining legislation and order in support of
civil authorities and different safety companies”.
Whereas charging officers to not be sidetracked by detractors and different destabilisation components, he directed that “any act of arson or try to kill or maim any army or safety personnel and different legislation abiding civilians have to be responded to rapidly and decisively.“
Buratai added: “In coping with any safety risk, they have to totally cooperate with personnel of the Nigerian Police Drive and different safety companies and should make sure that everyone seems to be in full compliance with imposed curfews and every other extant safety directions in pressure.
“There isn’t a selection between a democratically united, robust and affluent Nigeria and a nation disunited in a state of anarchy and retrogression. We should all attempt for a united, robust, steady and progressive Nigeria”.
Stressing that the Military stays loyal to Nigeria underneath President Muhammadu Buhari and can make sure the nation’s unity and indivisibility, he famous that that Military will help the federal authorities to deliver an finish to insecurity throughout the nation.
“Stay targeted and to not be deterred by any native or worldwide threats,” he stated.
He directed all commanders to accentuate joint coaching with the Nigerian Police and different sister safety companies to boost interagency collaboration and cooperation.