Group accuses amnesty International others of emboldening terrorists
• Urges Support, Prayer For Troops
The God Bless Nigeria Group, a non-partisan organisation, has cautioned Amnesty International and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs), operating in the Northeast to desist from further compromising national security and the counter terrorism war by tactically emboldening the terrorists.
The group which gave the warning during a solidarity rally tagged Armed Forces Appreciation Day, in support of the Armed Forces, called on Nigerians to shun divisive actions and comments that could jeopardise the unity and progress of the nation.
They urged citizens to support the military in its bid to stamp out insurgency, banditry and other crimes. In his remarks, spokesman of the group, Eric Ogolo, said the military has remained committed to the task of keeping the country together and safe, while putting their lives on the line.
The group hailed the military for its commitment to the task of keeping the nation safe and waging war on terrorism.
“The rescue of about 101 abducted female students at Dapchi, in Yobe State, together with several women and children from the enclaves and cocoon of Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists, also the rescue of over 300 students abducted from a boys’ public school in Katsina, amongst others, is another testimony to the fact that the Army, the Navy, and Air force can achieve success through their collaborative efforts towards emergency response,” Ogolo said.
The group, however, stressed the need for synergies among the services, saying more work must be done to tame insecurity in the country.
While condoling the military over the tragic death of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen Ibrahim Attahiru and other military officers and men who died in the Air Force plane crash on Friday May 21, in Kaduna, the group said Nigerians followed with keen interest the progress and achievement he recorded in fight against insurgency, kidnappings and banditry.
The body also congratulated Major General Farouk Yahaya, on his appointment as the Chief of Army Staff.
“We have no doubt that his appointment would bring new hope, commitment and renewed energy, taking off from where his predecessor left in service delivery to the Army and the nation,” Ogolo said.
Addressing the group, Director, Defence Information, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, commended them for appreciating the sacrifices made by the military to defend the nation. He assured that the Armed Forces is committed to surmounting the contemporary security challenges facing the country.
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