CSOs raise alarm over plots to drag Army’s reputation into politics

CSOs raise alarm over plots to drag Army’s reputation into politics

- Civil society organisations have alleged plans by politicans to drag the Nigerian Army into pollitics

- According to the organisations, some paid agents of unpatriotic politicians towards dragging the Nigeria military into the murky waters of politics

- The groups said these politicians aim to heat up the polity and cause untold distractions in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria

The coalition of civil society organisations on good governance have raised the alarm over what it descried as grand plot by some paid agents of unpatriotic politicians towards dragging the Nigeria military into the murky waters of politics.

The organisations said these politicians aim to heat up the polity and cause untold distractions in the ongoing Boko Haram war in northeast Nigeria

The CSO alleged that some elements of planning to tarnish the hard-earned image and reputation of the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.

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In a statement issued on Tuesday, August 13, by the national convener of the organisation, Gabriel Donko, the CSOs said there are plans to thwart the progress made in fighting terrorism and return Nigeria to its previous peaceful state.

Donko said: “This makes us wonder how much blood they are willing to get on their conscience and that is assuming this is a concept they are familiar with."

“The point when the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria begins to act on the tantrums of these kind of inconsequential urchins then the end has come. Thankfully, nothing on record suggests that the ill-advised clamour would be treated higher than the nonsense that it is.

“These characters are indeed men of low moral standing in the society, whose stock in trade revolves around propaganda, blackmail, and extortion. We had it on good authority that the demands for the sack of the COAS was the direct outcome of a refusal to pay Dr. Ahmed and his co-travellers money in 10 digits as was being demanded.

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“The Coalition of CSOs on Good Governance in Nigeria wishes to use this medium to inform the general public of the nefarious activities of Dr. Idris Ahmed and, his group of marauding elements which from all purpose and intents do not wish for the war against Boko Haram insurgents to come to an end for their selfish reasons.

Since their meal tickets are tied to the continued existence of Boko Haram, we strongly suggest that they earnestly seek out new food sources as the Boko Haram channel is one that has now been guaranteed to run dry in the coming months owning to the superlative manner in which the Nigerian Army under General Buratai has dealt the terrorists repeated devastating blows.

“And for the purpose of clarity, the Nigeria Army under the leadership of Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has catapulted professionalism to the point where its institutional ethos and mission has seen significant improvement in the last three years.

Discerning Nigerians and indeed any right thinking person on earth will at some point pitch media reports against the reality on ground, save for the few bad eggs whose activities cannot be excused from being influenced by subversive interests, the unbiased observer will find an Army that has been improved in hardware and welfare for its personnel.

On the issue of massive corruption as enumerated by Dr. Idris Ahmed, it is more of an act of ignorance and mischief because the anti-corruption war introduced within the army has seen all officers declaring their assets and also the introduction of a transparent procurement process," added.

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nigerian Army had reacted to the recent riot by some troops in Maiduguri, Borno state capital.

The Army explained that some soldiers who participated in the riot had erroneously assumed that a review of troops deployments would negatively affect them.

In a statement signed by Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, the deputy director public relations, theatre command Operation Lafiya Dole, the Army said calm was restored after the troops were addressed by theatre commander, Major General Abba Dikko.

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Source: Naija.ng

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