- Men of the Armed Forces of Nigeria have been tasked to carry out their duties with the mindset that the fundamental human rights of citizens are sacrosanct
- The Chief of Defence Staff said that the armed forces takes the protection of citizens' human rights seriously
- The AFN has inaugurated a committee that will see to the review of the rules for military exercises
The Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) on Friday, May 17, said that the forces are committed to the protection of the rights of the country citizens and the general public who keep the law.
General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), made this known during the inauguration of the committee charged with the making of Rules of Engagement (ROE) for the AFN at the defence headquarters in Abuja, where he was represented by Air Vice Marshall Nurudeen Balogun.
He said: “AFN must carry out its constitutionally assigned tasks to the best of its ability and training with the mindset that the fundamental human rights of citizens are sacrosanct."
According to the defense press release, General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Defence Training and Operations, said the committee is looking at coming up with a plan for all the operations and exercises of the forces.
Benedict Agu who represented the executive secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said the creation of the committee is a significant step between military action and human rights during insurgency operations.
He said: “It is certainly a significant milestone in the relationship between the Commission and the Nigerian military in the continuing dialogue on striking a balance between military necessity and human rights protection during counter insurgency operations."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a human rights group backed the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, for exposing those behind the unrest in Nigeria.
The Coalition of Human Rights Groups warned those behind the serial acts of banditry, kidnapping and killings to desist from these evil acts and change their ways.
The executive director of the group, Maxwell Gowon, in a statement released on Thursday, May 15, appealed to defeated political players in the last election to use proceedings in expressing dissatisfaction with election outcomes without resorting to bloodletting.
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