Abuja - The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, said on Monday that the military would not use force in the rescue of the abducted Chibok girls.
Badeh gave this assurance while speaking to members of the Citizen Initiative for Security Awareness (CISA), an NGO, who were on solidarity campaign to the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.
"We want our girls back, I can tell you that our military can and will do it, but where they are held, can we go there with force?.
"Nobody should say Nigerian military does not know what it is doing; we can’t kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back.
"So we are working, the President has empowered us to do the work, anybody castigating the military, definitely there is something wrong with him.
Badeh revealed that the fight against insurgency was quite different from full scale war, adding that "if we are fighting an external war, they would have been begging us to withdraw”.
According to the CDS, the Nigerian Military has proved its worth in the civil war; we returned democracy back to Liberia and Sierra-Leone.
On the operation in the North-East, Badeh said that the military was fighting its fellow brothers.
"We are not happy at all, because we are killing our own kinsmen and we are killing mostly the youths.
"We cannot afford to eliminate our youths, who are we going to hand over Nigeria to, we can't kill them."
According to him, the military in Nigeria is the strong arm of democracy, and that it hold the constitution very dear, adding that the constitution is represented by the president.
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