A foremost Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has commiserated with the President, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), and the Army Chief, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai over the unfortunate killing of some very senior military officers amongst scores of other heroic combatants, saying that the fact that senior officers have also made supreme sacrifices demonstrates the honesty, devotion, resilience and total commitments of the Nigerian military and the federal government to the war on terror.
The Civil Rights Advocacy group said contrary to what naysayers or purveyors of fake news want Nigerians to believe about the commitments of the military to wage an all-out war against terrorists, the fact that Senior military officers whose professional trainings may have costs the tax payers millions of dollars for them to have reached such high career, shows that the military institutions and the Federal Government is waging a total and committed war on terror and that no particular Ethnicity or Religious affiliations are sent to the battlefield to be sacrificed as punishments for the Ethno Religious platforms of the affected fallen heroes.
It said, “These regrettable and very sad deaths of senior officers as well as ranks and file should send us all the signal that the men and women in military uniforms must be supported and appreciated and that under no circumstances should anybody or group play Ethnic or religious politics with the war on terror going by the abundance of evidence that the military truly wishes to liberate the territorial platform of Nigeria from external and internal sabotage and insurrection of the most disturbing dimensions happening in the North East of Nigeria which is bigger in size than Fance and Belgium put together,” it said.
Besides, the rights group which commended the military over the successes recorded in the counter-terror warfare, particularly commended the hierarchy of the army and the Borno State Governor Professor Babagana Zulum for “their total commitments and patriotism towards the provision of welfare and financial cushioning mechanisms for the brave fighters in the theatre of war.”
Specifically, the rights group called for a voluntary donation by corporate bodies as well as individuals to the Nigerian military to assist the government to actualize a quick end to the ongoing war on terror even as the rights group said the Federal Ministry of Defence should open a dedicated account details so Nigerians can donate to buy basic necessities in aide of the so much that the hierarchy of the Nigerian military is doing with the limited funding components of the war on terror.
“War on terror is everybody’s war, being fought on behalf of all of us by a few dedicated members of the Military who should be supported by all and sundry on voluntary basis so as to motivate them to keep making these monumental sacrifices for the native land and for us all”.
The rights group also urged the military authority and the Ministry of Defence to publish a dedicated account details linked to the TREASURY SINGLE ACCOUNTS (TSA) so members of the public can voluntarily contribute towards making provisions for the combatants to complement the phenomenal pro-welfare tendencies of the Army authority and other segments of the armed forces of Nigeria just as HURIWA pledged N50,000 ( Fifty Thousand Naira) to be made available as soon as public notice by the Ministry of Defence is made public. disclosing the account details for that purpose specified above.
Commending the army, it said, “HURIWA commends the military for these uncommon efforts. As we are told that at Arina Woje in Marte Local Government Area (LGA), where Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) elements were confirmed to be hibernating, the identified targets were attacked by Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships, resulting in the destruction of some structures and the neutralization of several terrorists.
“In the same vein, terrorist elements responsible for recent attacks in the Dikwa general area were tracked to Warshale and taken out as the NAF attack aircraft took turns in engaging the settlement. The air strike on Valangide in the Sambisa Forest area on the other hand was undertaken at night by helicopter gunships, which mopped-up the terrorists as they strafed the location. JOHN ENENCHE Major General Coordinator Defence Media Operations Defence Headquarters 28 September 2020″.
HURIWA which sympathised with the federal government and the families of the bereaved soldiers also commended the Defence headquarters for the prompt dissemination of professionally qualitative and verifiable information on the war on terror just as HURIWA said the fact that the Nigerian Army had confirmed the death of a colonel after an ambush by Boko Haram terrorists shows the high level of professionalism in the Nigerian military just as HURIWA agrees with the army for describing late Colonel D.C. Bako as “one of our gallant and finest war heroes.”