Nigerian Army speaks on fate of soldiers who protested in Maiduguri

Nigerian Army speaks on fate of soldiers who protested in Maiduguri

The theatre commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole Maj-Gen Abbah Dikko, said on Saturday, August 25, that the Nigerian military will not condone any act of mutiny by its soldiers fighting against Boko Haram.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Dikko made the warning during a lunch at the Maiduguri military command centre.

The report quoted Dikko as condemning the act of mutiny under any guise, maintaining that the law and ethics which the Nigerian Army was guided by would take its full course on errant soldiers.

Dikko reminded them of their oath of recruitment pointing out that they voluntarily joined the military and as such must be disciplined.

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“You have decided to put your life on the line for the territorial integrity of Nigeria. So it is very important that we are reminded of our roles and responsibilities to the nation and our responsibility to the society, most importantly our responsibility to ourselves because we are not a conscript army. We are a regular military.

“Those who have volunteered to serve and that is the only time you will volunteer, subsequently having offered your service, it is the responsibility of the services to deploy you where they find you appropriate.

“So it is important that we continue to retain our professional comportment so that we can serve diligently. It’s important that we uphold the values and ethics of the system that we belong to.

“It is also important that we understand it is a service to our fatherland. It is not a service to ourselves.

“The bedrock of your service as a soldier is discipline. A soldier must remain disciplined at all times. A soldier must obey instructions,” he said.

Concerning the fate of the soldiers who protested at the Maiduguri International Airport, Dikko said they would be disciplined in accordance with military laws.

“We don’t punish in the military. We discipline. Discipline is the bedrock of the job. If there’s no discipline, then we can’t have an army. So if a soldier errs, he must be corrected.

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“We are focused and doing what we are supposed to do in order to finish the assignment that we’re given. No matter what it takes, we’ll do it professionally. Everybody is motivated and well catered for.

“There are some that are not here and you don’t know what they’re going through. You cannot say you’ve heard them complaining that they’re not in the townships.

“Some are in locations that are out of reach. S o we must understand the difficult times we find ourselves,” said Dikko. earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari made a surprise visit to troops battling bandits, kidnappers and criminals in Zamfara and neighbouring states under Operations Sharan Daji and Diran Mikiya on Saturday, August 25.

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