Although it was not clear what it meant with the word “Anti Democratic Forces” and “Trouble makers”, but the Nigeria Army accordingly warned all those it described with such word to desist from such acts.
The army said it remained committed to defending the country and her democracy “at all cost.”
The submission could be described as a veiled warning to the EndSARS protesters that have been on the streets for the past one week, demanding the reform of the Nigeria police
The army authorities stated this in a statement titled, ‘Nigerian Army remains resolute to the peace and stability of the nation,’ signed by the acting Director Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa on Wednesday, and which was obtained from its verified Facebook page by urban Express-News Correspondent
The Statement Puy; “The Nigerian Army wishes to reassure law-abiding citizens that it is highly committed to the sustenance of peace, security and defence of democracy in Nigeria.
“As a responsible and law-abiding organisation, the NA reaffirms its unalloyed loyalty and commitment to the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Constitution of the country.
“The Nigeria Army hereby, warns all subversive elements and trouble makers to desist from such acts as it remains highly committed to defending the country and her democracy at all cost.
“The Nigeria Army is ready to fully support the civil authority in whatever capacity to maintain law and order and deal with any situation decisively.”
The military authorities directed officers and men “never to be distracted by anti-democratic forces and agents of disunity.”
Meanwhile, a coalition of youths from Kebbi, Zamfara and Sokoto states have canvassed need the holistic reformation of the Nigerian Police saying the security outfit needs improved funding and reforms that would make them more efficient and professional in discharging their duties.
According to them, this would go a long way to curtail some of their excesses of overstepping their scope of assignments or operation.
The chairman of the coalition comrade Isah Jabbi during a Solidarity rally held in support of the Nigerian Police yesterday in Sokoto also called for further sensitization personnel who have been unprofessional in the discharge of their duties, such as conducting test or interviews and monitoring Enlightenment on rules of engagement.
While calling on President Buhari to consider an immediate upward review of budgetary allocations to the police and other security agencies in the country, saying when given better welfare, the police will not be tempted by an influential citizen with their position, wealth and connection to do what is not part of their rules of engagement.
The group who believed that the #EndSARS protests against the Nigerian Police and its leadership at this critical moment, are calculated attempts to derail the ongoing war against crime in the country, while also seeking to tarnish the image of the Nigerian Police.
“The sponsors of these protests and the fabricators of these spurious allegations have gone beyond the ordinary, just to paint the Police and its Leadership before the general public,” they stated.
“We wish to state, that while we agree with the decision of the police to ban that important unit of the force, SARS, we urge patriotic Nigerians to join the call for a holistic reformation of Nigerian Police. What the police require, improved funding and Reforms that will make the Police more efficient and professional in discharging their duties.”
“This will go a long way to curtail some excess and over-steeping their scope of assignment or operation. Further sensitisation of the police is another approach to clear personnel who have not been professional in discharging their duties. This should be in a way of conducting test, or interviews and monitoring Enlightenment on Rules of Engagement. ”
“When given better welfare, our police will not be tempted to be lured by citizens who are influential with their position, wealth and connection to do what is not part of their rules of engagement,” the group posited.