“The armed forces need more support”

A northern group known as the Nigeria Movement Forum (NMF) has called on Nigerians to increase their support for the armed forces in their ability to tackle insecurity.

It’s even how he dismissed as reckless a call for the dismissal of Chief of the Defense Staff, General Leo Irabor and Chief of Defense Intelligence, CDI, Major General Samuel Adebayo.

Recall that the Northern Advocacy for Peace (NAP) had launched the appeal alleging the resurgence of attacks by bandits against communities in the North-East and North-West regions of the country.

But NMF National Secretary Adamu Mukthar in a statement released yesterday dissociated himself and the region from the call, saying it was sponsored by enemies of Nigeria.

Mukthar urged the NAP to do some introspection on the performance of Nigeria’s armed forces in recent years.

He said that the reign of the current service chiefs led by General Irabor has made a lot of deliberate efforts to ensure peace and stability in the country.

He said: “The efforts of the armed forces under the CDS have enabled our brothers and sisters in the North East to have a peaceful celebration of Christmas 2021 unlike in the past.

“We are also witnessing the large number of insurgents and their families who have surrendered to our troops. It came as a result of intense military operations.

“We also recognize the frequent changes in the leadership of terrorist groups. Our military pursues and ensures that when they refuse to lay down their arms, they are subjected to the suffering inflicted on innocent Nigerians.

“Rather than being used by the enemies of Nigeria, the Northern Advocacy for Peace (NAP) should join the CDS call for peaceful coexistence between Nigerians and the nations of the world which was made during the race of the day of the International Military Sports Council (CISM) – 2022 organized by the Defense Staff.

“Above all, we call on young Nigerians to shun the antics of the enemies of the country who see no good when their selfish interest is at stake.

“By threatening to mobilize other civil society groups and pressure to protest at the National Assembly and the presidential villa, the NAP is sponsored.

“We are also aware that as we prepare for the 2023 general election, some politicians and disgruntled elements will engage young people for relevance. We must avoid them in the interest of our country.

“Nigeria’s armed forces have done more than enough in terms of human and material sacrifice to fight for stability. We must not distract them with a selfish agenda.