By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General TY Buratai has enjoined Nigerian Army troops to ignore the distractions from the comments of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Amnesty International Nigeria from completely defeating the Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP).
He made the call on the gallant troops in a statement signed by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sagir Musa, dated December 12, 2020, urging them never to be worried or demoralized.
“The Nigerian Army’s attention has been drawn to a Press Release by the Prosecutor General of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday 11 December 2020, alleging that she has found a reasonable basis to believe that “members of the Nigerian Security Forces (“NSF”)” have committed acts constituting crimes against humanity and war crimes.
“This was immediately followed by a release by the local branch of Amnesty International (AI) in Nigeria “demanding full investigation of atrocities by Nigerian forces.”
“There is no doubt such statement and instigation can distract the Nigerian Army troops with its demoralising effects,” he said.
Buratai regretted that the moves will have negative consequences on troops morale, interest in military service by Nigerians and severe setback to all their internal security operations in the country.
The COAS who is currently in self-isolation as part of precaution against the COVID-19, would soon be joining our gallant troops in the North East at the end of the mandatory isolation period to continue giving the desired leadership and support to the gallant and patriotic troops of the Nigerian Army.
He said we must fight on to secure our country and people.
He further enjoined troops to ignore the wicked, unnecessary distractions and direct troops to fully concentrate on the final defeat of Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists group which is in sight.
He also charged the troops to work hard and be guided by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Rules of Engagement, the Code of Conduct and the Standing Operating Procedures for all Nigerian Army Operations.
The COAS wished to assure and reiterate that the Nigerian Army is not only protecting human rights but also sustaining human rights nationally and globally.
“Our professional conduct over the years and most recently during the #ENDSARS protest at Lekki Village near Lagos are clear testimonies to the Nigerian Army’s posture on promoting sustainable human rights policy.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to advise local or international organisations not to allow themselves be used to destabilize or destroy the troops’ morale by the sponsors of mischief in Nigeria,” it concluded.