Coalition of Civil Society Organisations, CSOs has condemned the call by a youth pressure group, YouthAid Nigeria, asking President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Buratai over the recent attack on the Governor of Borno State, Professor Umaru Zulum.
Recalls that Coalition of over 180 civil society Groups, CSOs, under the aegis of Civil Society Groups for Good Governance, CSGGG have urged President Buhari to sack Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Buratai
The President of the coalition, Comrade Ogakwu Dominic, in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, sympathised with Prof. Zulum, noting that the call made to President Muhammadu Buhari by the group is quite unfair and unimaginable.
The statement read: “We condemn the Wednesday’s attack on the convoy of Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno state.
“It is a very irresponsible, regrettable and callous act; we however also condemn in all its entirety the call by the youth pressure group under the auspices of YouthAid Nigeria asking President Buhari to sack Buratai over actions made by some enemies of peace.
“The Nigerian Military under Buratai’s leadership, has performed greatly and constantly fought insecurity with the sole intention to bring it to its barest minimum if not completely eradicating it. We therefore, amazed at how the so called youth group, decided to make such call to the President asking for the sack of a man who has since assumption of office tried and continued to soar to ensure that insecurity ends across the country.
“This group is obviously threading on a needle, as it is clear that they lack full information or idea on the modus operandi of the Nigerian Army, and this is just a ‘campaign of calumny’, we believe that there are ulterior motives behind their calls to the Federal Government.”
The Coalition, therefore advise them not to progress in error or act in haste; as concerned Nigerians, they need to ask questions before starting any campaign to demean a public steward.
According to Dominic, “The military remains the greatest pillar of Nigeria’s democracy and those who imagine that the country is still in the era of military junta, has chosen to remain obsolete to the gallantry of the men and officers of the arm forces in fighting and abating insecurity.
“We believe that the attack on Prof. Zulum is a plan of the enemies of peace and humanity at large, to bring to the mud, jeopardise all efforts put in place by Buratai and his officers towards ensuring security and protection of lives in our country.
“Again, we are not in support of the attacks on the governor; but information at our disposal reveals that the governor was even advised by the security agencies not to go thread into Baga Town, but he however insisted. The question now is what was he trying to prove?
“In lieu of this, we call on President Buhari to ignore such call as General Tukur Buratai has worked and he is still working to ensure the mandate of the Nigerian Army is achieved. Buratai should be encouraged not condemned or sacked,” he added.
He further noted that Nigeria will in due course, look back to the past and have great reasons to smile.