The Military authorities have cautioned politicians in Nigeria against utterances capable of undermining its system of justice and disciplinary procedure and processes, most especially in its efforts towards fighting terrorism in Nigeria.
The military said it took umbrage to attempts by some politicians to incite its men for disobeying its authorities, stating that such act by politicians has the tendency to worsen security situation in the country.
There have been some misgivings on the issue of death sentences handed down to about 57 soldiers lately on alleged criminal conspiracy, just as some members of the public condemned the Judgment while pleading for leniency on behalf of the affected soldiers.
Some politicians have equally been making issues out of the sentences handed down to the soldiers as some of them were quoted as stating that those condemned to death did no wrong by protesting against the military authorities who they accused of failure to equip them with sophisticated weapons for the battle against Boko Hara.
The military in a statement signed by its Spokesman, Major General Chris Olukolade dismissed such remarks, contending that the war against terror is never about equipment, but the mind set of both the military and the public.
He said, “Politicians are therefore requested to guide their utterances as the military remains a veritable institution of the state. Those who seek to undermine or destroy it should be prevailed upon to stop the mission considering the fact that the institution remains indispensable to government and its process under any dispensation.
“The Nigerian military reiterates its commitment to defending the nation’s democracy. Individuals and personalities are enjoined to refrain from pronouncement and attitude that seek to undermine the established justice/disciplinary procedures and processes of the military system. This counsel is very vital to the excellent civil-military relations which is crucial to the nation’s development.
“Incitement to protests or mutiny in the military is an ill wind that will ultimately blow no good to anyone.
“The military authorities should not be blackmailed with a view to forestalling the exercise of due command and control over the system as established by law in the interest of the nation. The Nigerian military has resolved not to yield to whims and caprices of those seeking to undermine its system purely for populist or political ends”.
“In view of the series of insinuations, allegations and false claims being made by certain activists and politicians on the legal and disciplinary process in the Nigerian military, the Defence Headquarters finds it necessary to call on politicians to avoid using the forum or medium of their political campaigns to incite or endorse acts of indiscipline in the nation’s military establishments.
This call has become necessary as the trend got to another level on Tuesday when a prominent politician declared that “The soldiers have the right to protest for the Federal Government’s failure to fully equip them of any doubt, the military institution rejects this declaration and its intention in all ramifications.
“The military law as recognized by the Constitution of the Federation is an appropriate legal document for the management of affairs of the military. The processes it outlines for handling military offences remain legal and will continue to be applied in the interest of the nation’s security and democracy.
“Individuals and interest groups seeking to play to the gallery by being meddlesome, sensational or mischievous in interpreting developments in the military are advised to moderate their activities with some decorum.
“It is clear that the false accusations that depend on unsubstantiated allegations being peddled on the military operations in Nigeria are intended to tarnish the reputation of Nigerian military and its leadership. The campaign apparently aimed at undermining constituted authority in the military must not be encouraged.