Abuja - The military has welcomed the support received from locals in the fight against terror.
This follows Social Welfare Network Initiative and Coalition Partners, a non-governmental organisation, pledging its support to the armed in the current push to eliminate the Boko Haram.
The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, appreciated the group for seeing the need to support the Nigerian military.
He reiterated that well-meaning Nigerians have shown support, love and solidarity in various ways through donations, words of encouragement and solidarity walk
He thanked them for standing up for Nigeria by joining in the fight against terrorism and urged them to use the privileged information they have to assist the military.
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“I wish this is the understanding of the populace that we have one common enemy to fight. When the military fights, it is the nation that fights. We try to justify our existence as Armed Forces. When you stand up for us, you are fighting. Please do the soft fight through writing of articles, use of social media and the likes because of their reach and followership, we are doing our own somehow but you can help us. Together we shall salvage this country,” Badeh said.
Social Welfare Network Initiative and Coalition Partners National Coordinator, Emmanuel Olisemeka meanwhile urged the military to use the Organised Civil Society Platform, which they represent, to educate the populace on contentious national issues especially those that tend to denigrate them.
Olisemeka said the group had made it a priority to defend and support the Nigerian Armed Forces for their courage, sacrifices, focus, dedication and gallantry in restoring peace and protection of the territorial integrity of the country amid the contrived public and media criticism by both locally and internationally.
He said his group was a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political, non-religious and non-ethnic, with membership of 634 community based organizations groups and stakeholders in the 36 states of Nigeria. It is involved in the prevention, impact mitigation, care and support for health, nutrition and food security, internal security and social justice, energy, environment, gender and empowerment, democracy, good governance and human rights.
- CAJ News