- A video shared on social media recently by unknown persons made a mockery of the Nigerian Army
- A group, Civil Society Groups for Good Governance, described the video as an unpatriotic act
- The group called on the authorities to investigate the source of the video and bring those responsible for it to book
A group, Civil Society Groups for Good Governance (CSGGG) has condemned a video on social media mocking the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai and the Nigerian Army.
The video shared on social media showed the COAS briefing state house journalists during his recent visit to the presidential villa, Aso Rock to brief President Muhammadu Buhari on the efforts of the Nigerian Army so far to put an end to the activities of terrorists and bandits in the northeast and northwest parts of the country respectfully.
The videos were, however, edited and reactions of comical acts added, suggesting a mockery of Buratai's comments during the press briefing.
CSGGG convener, Comrade Ogakwu Dominic, in a statement sent to journalists on Saturday, June 13, described the video as an unpatriotic act.
His words: “We condemn the video in totality. It is an unpatriotic act by elements who do not appreciate the sacrifices men and women of the Nigerian Army are making for us as a nation on a daily basis.
“It is condemnable, reprehensible and mockery of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and those who are still on the battlefield ensuring that Nigeria defeats its enemies.
“We call on the authorities to investigate the source of the video and bring those responsible for it to book.
“We cannot afford to allow such unpatriotic acts to go on undetected and it is capable of negatively influence the coming generation.”
Comrade Dominic, however, praised the efforts of the Nigerian Army led by COAS Buratai.
He enjoined them to ignore distractions by aggrieved elements in the society, and instead focus on finishing off the terrorists and bandits in the northeast and northwest.
“We assure them that majority of Nigerians are supporting them. They should not be distracted by enemies of the nation hiding under comedy to cast aspersions on their efforts.
“Nigerians appreciate the Nigerian Army led by the indefatigable COAS, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, whose leadership skills have helped greatly in degrading the terrorists and bandits.
“We are all witnesses to how the army chief left Abuja for the Operation Lafiya Dole theatre in Maiduguri, where he led soldiers to the battlefield and inflicted heavy losses on the terrorists recently.
“Such efforts by the COAS should be applauded and not ridiculed by social misfits acting as agents of destabilization in our society,” he concluded.
The CSGGG has been at the forefront of promoting peace and stability in the country while ensuring government officials shun corrupt acts in their various assignments.