Civil Society Organisations, under the auspices of Concerned Nigerians’ Group on Monday called for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari and Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, saying both leaders have failed to end to killings in Southern Kaduna.
Recall that scores have been killed and buried in mass graves in Southern Kaduna, following the continuous bloodletting by bandits and others.
The group’s statement, signed by Deji Adeyanju and made available to journalists said, the continued attacks, killings and maiming of Southern Kaduna people by suspected herdsmen has is an evidence that the President and the Governor respectively have no value for human lives.
“We condemn in strong terms, the mindless killing of the indigenous people in Southern Kaduna over the past few weeks. All lives matter and we call on the government of Nigeria and the governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir Elrufai to wake up to their civic responsibility in addressing the killings of civilians and bring the perpetrators of this dastardly act to justice. “Enough of these senseless and mindless killings. The indigenous people of Southern Kaduna need a respite from all these killings and unrest in their villages.
“Every citizen in Nigeria has a right to be protected by the government and the silence of the state and Federal Governments concerning the killings going on in Southern Kaduna speak volumes.
“We are equally calling for the resignation of Governor Nasir El-Rufai and President Muhammadu Buhari as they have woefully failed in carrying out their duties to the people that they were elected to protect.”
Meanwhile, As earlier reported by NGstudents.com,
The Defence Headquarters has warned soldiers and officers not to engage in mutiny or revolt against constituted civil authorities.
The DHQ restated that all officers and men of the Nigerian Military swore to an oath of allegiance to be totally loyal to the civil authority of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and protect the constitution.
Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, who issued this warning in a statement, noted that the oath of allegiance translates to unalloyed loyalty to the President and Commander in Chief of Nigeria’s Armed Forces and full subordination to the civil authorities of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
According to the statement, “the attention of the Defence Headquarters has been drawn to a publication in one of the national Newspapers, captioned ‘Nigeria Needs a Rawlings Now – NDP.
“In this publication, the National Chairman of National Democratic Party (NDP), Chidi Chukwuanyi, says ‘the state of corruption in the country calls for the replication of the Ghanian experience under former President Jerry Rawlings in Nigeria.
“While the Defence Headquarters does not wish to join issues in anyway, it is instructive to observe that this unguided utterance targeted at the Nigerian Military is inciting and instigative”.
General Enenche said that what Chidi Chukwuanyi is calling for is a combination of unpopular acts of insurrection and mutiny, which cannot be taken for granted by the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
“Consequently, I am directed by the High Command of the Nigerian Military to let the general public know and remind personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria that “All officers and men of the Nigerian Military swore to an oath of allegiance to be totally loyal to the civil authority of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and protect the constitution. This translates to unalloyed loyalty to the President Commander in Chief and full subordination to the civil authorities of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“That all officers and men of the Armed Forces of Nigeria are to continue to abide by the constitutional provision, in Section 217 sub section 2 (c) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, ‘to suppress insurrection and act in aid of civil authorities to restore order’. Any act to the contrary is unconstitutional.
“That all officers and men of the Nigerian Military are further reminded of offences contained in Armed Forces Act CAP A 20, the laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, which include among others; Mutiny in Sections 52 and 53, which if committed are punishable,” he enumerated.
The Coordinator added that he was further directed to state clearly and unequivocally that the Nigerian Military is a Force that is in consonance with all global best practices and cannot be misguided by any individual or group.
He concluded that for the avoidance of doubt, the Armed Forces of Nigeria is totally loyal to the President Commander in-Chief and fully subordinated to the civil authorities of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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