- A group has called on Nigerians to continually support the activities of troops of the Nigerian Army
- CUPS said some forces are out to distract the military on its fight against terrorists
- according to the group, some of the comments against the Nigerian Army have been wide off the mark from the realities on ground
The Coalition of United Patriots and Statesmen (CUPS) has urged Nigerians to disregard dark forces desperately out to distract the Nigerian Army on its onslaught against Terrorism in the country.
The national convener of the CUPS, Gabriel Agibi, who briefed journalists in Abuja said Nigeria almost lost its respect as a sovereign nation prior to the advent of this administration when terrorism peaked and insurgents began to slice parts of the country to themselves as they wished.
Agibi, however, said the story changed with the coming of the current administration when normalcy was returned for a long period of time.
He said the attempt by the terrorists to re-launch an attack after almost three years of suppression by the Nigeria Armed Forces has unfortunately given room to all kinds of comments and opinions that stand logic on its head.
Agibi said: "Some of the comments have been wide off the mark from the realities on ground , that makes it imperative for our group to interject as a way of clarifying the issues with a view to understanding what actually are on ground.
"Since the coming of the current administration, the Nigeria military has achieved a lot in terms of tackling insurgency that at for a long period of time it became difficult for the terrorists to operate or to launch attacks.
"Many of their commanders were arrested within the period under review and brought to book, their operational bases blown to pieces and many of them surrendered due to fear and owing to the superiority of the military."
He also noted that many people living in internally displaced persons camps have relocated to their communities and many have been reunited with their families. He said that clear evidence of this can be seen on both local and international media across the world.
"It is therefore not only beastly but also moronic for anybody who is conversant with the progress made within the period under review to try to cast aspersion on the military as an institution or on the person of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.
"The call by one CUPS and it’s Leader, one Idris Ahmed asking President Muhammadu Buhari, to sack the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, therefore not only lacks basis but is asinine if not insane.
"The group masquerading as the authentic CUPS and registered in the United Kingdom has failed to point out how and where it arrived at the allegation that COAS is ‘incompetent in the face of aggressive insurgency,’ or where his action or inaction constitutes criminal negligence, or where he had lent himself to acts of corruption or conspiracy to defraud the Nigerian State or where any of his actions amounted to treachery.
"A keen observer of the actions of the COAS would realize that all these allegations are none just non-existent but wickedly concocted for reasons not relating to security issues.
"The COAS has since joining the army won some of the best awards and medals that the discipline offers and had served in very responsible positions while giving good account of himself in all the assignments given to him.
"For somebody to wake up and accuse such a fine officer of incompetence shows that the person either does not know the meaning of the word or that he is trying to be mischievous.
"Apart from the several awards he received within the country, Buratai’s efforts in fighting insurgency has been recognized worldwide and is evident in his receipt of the highest military award in Brazil in 2017 for the role he played in subduing insurgency in Nigeria.
"It is to his credit that the insurgents no longer take hostages or stay to challenge the Nigerian state but flee at the sight of the Nigerian military," Agibi added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that residents of Gudumbali community in Guzamala local government area of Borno state have said that peace has been restored after a gun battle between troops of the Nigerian Army and some member of the Boko Haram terrorists.
The residents said the militants from Boko Haram Takfiri terrorist group struck on Friday, September 7, causing panic. They however said the terrorists were immediately repelled by troops who returned fire.
Confirming the resident's reports, the members of the civilian Joint Task Force said the attack by the terrorists had caused panic among residents in the community.
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