The Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, (COAS), Lt. General Yusuf Tukur Buratai, has send a message of solidarity and assurance to the fighting troops of the Nigerian security force (NSF) fighting Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists group in the North East not to be demoralized by the alleged accusation of crimes against humanity and war crime leveled against her by the International Criminal Court (ICC), and a call for investigations of atrocities by Nigerian forces by the local branch of the Amnesty International (AI).
Making the admonitions of the COAS to the fighting troops of the Nigerian Security Force (NSF) to the public via a press released signed by Brigadier General Musa Sagir, Army Acting spoke man over the weekend, Gen. Buratai who is currently in isolation after the COVID-19 incident that brought to an halt unceremoniously the 2020 annual Chief of Army Staff conference, advised the troops not to be demoralised .” There is no doubt such statement and instigation can distract the Nigerian Army troops with its demoralising effects. It could have negative consequences on troops’ morale, interest in military service by Nigerians and severe setback to all our internal security operations in the country. However, being gallants and patriotic troops, you must not allow yourself to worry or demoralized by these moves. You must ignore every forms of distractions and carry on with your patriotic duty of serving your father’s land”, The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General TY Buratai, enjoins Nigerian Army troops.
It would be recalled that last Friday 12, December, 2020, the Prosecutor General of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in a press released, alleged that she has found a reasonable basis to believe that members of the Nigeria security force (NSF) have committed acts constituting crimes against humanity and war crimes. This was immediately followed by a release by the local branch of Amnesty International (AI) in Nigeria demanding full investigations.
The COAS who is currently in self-isolation as part of precaution against the COVID-19, would soon be joining our gallant troops in the North East at the end of the mandatory isolation period to continue giving the desired leadership and support to the gallant and patriotic troops of the Nigerian Army. He said we must fight on to secure our country and people. He further enjoined troops to ignore the wicked, unnecessary distractions and direct troops to fully concentrate on the final defeat of Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists group which is in sight. He also charges the troops to work hard and be guided by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Rules of Engagement, the Code of Conduct and the Standing Operating Procedures for all Nigerian Army Operations. The COAS wishes to assure and reiterate that the Nigerian Army is not only protecting human rights but also sustaining human rights nationally and globally. Our professional conduct over the years and most recently during the #ENDSARS protest at Lekki Village near Lagos are clear testimonies to the Nigerian Army's posture on promoting sustainable human rights policy. The Nigerian Army wishes to advise local or international organisations not to allow themselves be used to destabilize or destroy the troops' morale by the sponsors of mischief in Nigeria.