- The statement by Rear Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, the chief of naval staff that the military needs God to be victorious has brewed serious reaction
- The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has said that such a remark indicates incompetence on the part of service chiefs
- HURIWA said that the statement does not represent the position of the security agencies in the country
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has reacted to a statement credited to Rear Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, the chief of naval staff, which on Friday, May 31, said that the military needs God to be victorious in battle.
The association said that the statement by Ibas indicates incompetence and incapacity on the part of naval chiefs in the country, adding that the remark does not represent the position of nation's security agencies, The Guardian reports.
Saying that Nigeria is not a theocracy, HURIWA said: "Nigeria is and remains a federal republic guided by the provisions of the constitution, which made no mention of God as its chief border security officer.
The association's national coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and its media affairs director, Zainab Yusuf, in a statement said: “By the way, if the naval chief is deficient in elementary religious knowledge, may he be told that God is perfect and therefore wouldn’t be associated with the complete display of incapacity by the armed forces of Nigeria in securing the territorial integrity and jurisdiction of our nation state.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, the chief of Naval staff, had said the military cannot be triumphant in battle in the absence of spiritual support.
Speaking to military officers in Abuja on Thursday, MAY 30, Ibas encouraged them to look to God in their struggles.
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