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Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has asked Nigerians to give more support to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai for his proactive approach to the war against terrorism despite efforts by moles and saboteurs embedded within the Army who are derailing the objectives of the counter Terror War.

HURIWA made the call Thursday in a statement signed by its national coordinator, Emmanuel Onwumbiko and Director of Media Affairs, Zainab Yusuf which was sent to ALSC.

The association noted that since 2015, the transformation of the Nigerian Army has rapidly manifested under the leadership of Buratai and that those still not convinced by the impactful exceptional transformational measures manufactured in repositioning the Nigerian Army for effective counter-insurgency combats are definitely either poor adherents of history or have a faulty retentive memory.

The statement said among other things that- “The Nigerian Army is a professional institution and the COAS has made a landmark and tremendous record as a strict disciplinarian and therefore he is well aware of his obligation to fish out Moles and Saboteurs embedded within the Army who are derailing the objectives of the Counter Terror War.

“According reports, normalcy had since been restored to Baga with socioeconomic activities picking up. We recall that as part of the activities marking the 2020 Nigerian Army Day Celebration together with its Corporate Social Responsibility, Troops of the 7 Division Maiduguri conducted sanitation exercise along Baga road market, Maiduguri town in Borno State, while the newly built Camp Delta Force Quick Reaction Base was commissioned to enhance quick response of troops to terror activities in the communities.

“Therefore, there is no need to continue to antagonize the Nigerian Army as it has come of age and in need of our collective support and goodwill.”

The association also urged the government to investigate the allegations by Zulum that his convoy was attacked by soldiers in order to ascertain its veracity or not.

“The Governor’s statement attributing his convoy’s attack to sabotage either on the part of some of the Soldiers or poor communication between the Soldiers in Zulum’s convoy and those on the ground in Baga further underscores the disturbing situation in the Counter-Insurgency war and the need to further support the efforts of the COAS, who under his command the Army has gone to great extents in demonstrating pragmatism towards fishing out these moles and saboteurs and reposition the Nigerian Army into a symbol of pride to Nigeria,” HURIWA said.


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