A non-governmental pressure group, the Coalition of Civil Societies and Media Executives for Good Governance (COCMEGG), has appealed to men and officers of the Nigerian Army to remain steadfast in their loyalty to the Chief of Army Staff, the Nigerian Army and the nation by staying clear of those they called “enemies of the country who are desirous of taking the nation back to thed ark age and be mindful of such interactions henceforth.
The group pointed out that the army is a thorough breed profession that is apolitical and disciplined and as such should be seen as a patriotic institution that has clear constitutional roles and responsibilities of maintaining law and order and safeguarding the territorial integrity of the nation.
Rising from an emergency meeting on Thursday in Abuja, COCMEGG, in a statement by its president, Mr. Kenneth Aigbe, equally passed a vote of confidence on the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, for selflessly re-positioning the Nigerian Army as the best military institution in Africa.
The group said it decided to add its voice to the matter after discussing the recent press statement issued by the army chief warning some mischief politicians and agent provocateurs on their unethical relationship with the army and soliciting favours that run contrary to the nation”s interests and the consequences of destabilizing the polity at this time of our national history.
COCMEGG said it was compelled to add a voice to the clarion call to “warn and caution politicians, business moguls and mischief makers who would want to capitalise on the present situation to overheat the polity and destabilise our nascent democracy and return Nigeria back to the dark days.”
The group called on those he called the mischief makers to “be wary of the consequences of their actions or the actions of those individuals or groups who are hell- bent on derailing the much needed peace and stability in the polity that Nigerians have since enjoyed from the beginning of this administration”.
It added, “it is therefore imperative for politicians to retrace their steps and take a holistic view of their interactions with the Army that have sacrificed so much to keep this country peaceful and henceforth stop any unpatriotic approach, behaviours and mannerisms that will tantamount to destabilizing our hard earned democracy for any political reasons whatsoever.
“We therefore call on the personnel of the Nigerian Military to weigh the consequences of such actions and therefore admonish them to resign their commission if the need be and pursue any political aspiration of their choice.
“We urge the patriotic men and officers of the Nigerian Army to remain stead fast in their loyalty to the Chief of Army Staff, the Nigerian Army and the nation and stay clear of those enemies of Nigeria who desire to take us back to the Dark Age and be mindful of such interactions henceforth.
“That the Nigeria Army is a thorough breed profession that is apolitical and disciplined and as such, should be seen as a patriotic institution that has clear constitutional roles and responsibilities of maintaining law and order and safeguarding the territorial integrity of the nation.
” COCMEGG hereby passes a vote of confidences on Lt Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, who has selflessly repositioned the Nigerian Army as the best military institution today in Africa and therefore urge men and officers to support and pledge their unalloyed loyalty and patriotic zeal to the proactive leadership of the Nigerian Army and Nigeria as a country. We urge Nigerians to support the military in its campaign to rid the country of terrorism and other crimes in our societies,” it said.