Insecurity: Group rallies support for Service Chiefs
The Conference of Civil Society Organisations for Peace, Security and National Development, yesterday, staged a peaceful rally in Abuja, applauding the role played by the Service Chiefs in the ongoing war against insurgency in the country.
Conveners of the group, Mike Msuaan and Adamu Kabir Matazu, maintained that a cursory review of the efforts of the Armed Forces in fighting insurgency would reveal the dexterity deployed by the military, particularly the Nigeria Army, in curbing insecurity in the Northeast and other parts of the country.
Faulting calls for the immediate sack of the Service Chiefs, the group noted: “A lot has been achieved by these crop of Service Chiefs, not just in taming insurgents, but also in restructuring the military architecture for enhanced performance.
“Today, our military is highly placed in the world. More than ever before, the Nigerian military has prioritised training and retraining of its officers and men in modern warfare. Welfare of personnel has equally been given a boost as well as procurement of equipment, just to mention a few.
“We have followed closely the trend in the fight against insurgency and can categorically say that the military has performed beyond average. This is why we find it expedient to commend the military and urge all patriotic citizens to rally round the military for the overall good of the nation.
“Agreed that the Service Chiefs have outlived their tenure, yet we must not be lost in the fact that in war times, even retired personnel could be recalled to serve. This is where reason has to prevail over primordial sentiments. Nigeria is going through a trying period and as such, we cannot be talking about career progression of individuals but the survival of the soul of the nation.
“Today, incidences of bombs detonating in our worship places, markets and other strategic places are almost completely eliminated. We call on the National Assembly and other pressure groups that have prioritised career progression by calling for sack of military chiefs to do a review of the gains that have been recorded in securing the nation and rescind such calls.”
The group added: “We were all witnesses to the reaction that greeted the pronouncement by the Federal Government of plans to withdraw the military from the Northeast. The whole nation was unanimous on the need for the military to stay longer in the troubled region. This is a testimony that significant feat has been recorded in the fight against insurgency.
“We call on the Army to intensify this onslaught on criminals across the country and sustain their gallantry within the rules of engagement and never to allow criminals frustrate the success recorded so far.”
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