Abuja - The Military on Friday in Abuja called on politicians in the country
to refrain from using political campaigns to undermine its operations.
A statement issued by the Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Chris
Olukolade, said this call was as a result of some distortions.
"In view of the series of insinuations, allegations and false claims
being made by certain activists and politicians on the legal and disciplinary
process in the Nigerian military, the Defence Headquarters finds it necessary
to make this call.
“Politicians should avoid using the forum or medium of their political
campaigns to incite or endorse acts of indiscipline in the nation’s military
“This call has become necessary as the trend got to another level on Tuesday
when a prominent politician declared that soldiers have the right to protest
Federal Government’s failure to fully equip them.
“It was expected that the fellow quoted or his party would have made
immediate moves to correct this fallacy or erroneous impression being
propagated, especially in view of the level of knowledge of his principal and
candidate in the forthcoming elections,” it said.
The statement said since no such gesture was forthcoming there was the need
to caution against “the propagation of this dangerous idea before it causes
It further said “the military institution, for the avoidance of any doubt,
rejects this declaration and its intention in all ramifications”.
The statement said the military law, as recognised by the Constitution of
the Federation, is an appropriate legal document for the management of affairs
of the military.
“The processes it outlines for handling military offences remain legal and
will continue to be applied in the interest of the nation’s security and
“Individuals and interest groups seeking to play to the gallery by being
meddlesome, sensational or mischievous in interpreting developments in the
military are advised to moderate their activities with some decorum.
“It is clear that the false accusations which depend on unsubstantiated
allegations being peddled about the military operations in Nigeria are intended
to tarnish the reputation of the military and its leadership.
“The campaign apparently aimed at undermining constituted authority in the
military must not be encouraged,” it said.
The statement said it was apparent that most of the comments in the media
had been oblivious of the fact that the processes were still ongoing and yet to
“The war on terror is not all about equipment, but mindset of both the
military and the public, and inciting remarks can only compound the situation
for all involved.
“The military is resolved to prosecute the counter-terrorism campaign with
all sense of commitment by the rank and file.
“The tendency to suggest or encourage dissention in the system will not
yield any advantage to any well-meaning Nigerian citizen.
“Politicians are therefore requested to guide their utterances as the
military remains a veritable institution of the state.
“Those who seek to undermine or destroy it should be prevailed upon to stop
the mission, considering the fact that the institution remains indispensable to
government and its process under any dispensation,” it said.
“The military is committed to defending the nation’s democracy, and
individuals and personalities are enjoined to refrain from pronouncements and
attitude that can undermine the established justice/disciplinary procedures and
processes of the military system.”
The statement said the counsel was very vital to the excellent
civil-military relations which was crucial to the nation’s development.
“Incitement to protests or mutiny in the military is an ill-wind which will
ultimately blow no good to anyone.
“The military authorities should not be blackmailed with a view to
forestalling the exercise of due command and control over the system as
established by law in the interest of the nation.
“The Nigerian military has resolved not to yield to whims and caprices of
those seeking to undermine its system purely for populist or political ends,”