Do Not Be Afraid of ICC, Act Within the 1999 Constitution As Amended – Lt Gen Buratai
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai in a press briefing with his Principal Staff Officers (PSOs), General Officers Commanding (GOCs), and Field Commanders during an emergency meeting stated that there will be no room for disloyalty amongst all officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army (NA).
He urged that they must reiterate to all their subordinates that the NA is determined to ensure democratic stability in Nigeria as a panacea for development and progress. He made this clear that, “The best system of governance is democracy and we must all ensure that Nigeria’s democracy remains stable and steady.”
He drew the attention of all participants that, “The events of the past few days in our nation has shown the determination of some individuals and groups to destabilize Nigeria by all means. These sets of people have hijacked the peaceful #EndSARS protest unleashing violence, act of wanton destruction and looting public and private properties. These acts has led to the imposition of curfew in several states of the Federation”.
Buratai explained the danger on which the #EndSARS protest was to be used in order to embark on massive propaganda against the military and the government. He reminded them of the initial press released on 14 October, 2020 which was resolved to safeguard and secure a united Nigeria, but unfortunately detractors alongside their local and international collaborators have mischievously and deliberately misrepresented troops efforts. Buratai was thankful as many have realised that the military are not part of the conspirators.
Buratai further laid emphasis on all the principles of International Security Operations which must be fully abide by the internationally recognised Rules of Engagement as contained in published standard operating procedures for International Security Operations, derived from the International Human Right Law and are in accordance with the international principles guiding the use of force. He stressed that, “No officer should be afraid of International Criminal Court (ICC) for carrying out their legitimate duties as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution (as amended) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
He alerted officers of the resent loss of over 10 AK-47 rifles that was stolen as a result of the unrest. He charged them to nip in the bud this emerging trend at all cost, and direct them to warn their troops on internal security or on guard duties outside the barracks to be at maximum alert at all times”.
He ended by encouraging them to always act in accordance and within the confined of the law guiding them. They must ensure that Nigeria remains united and strong.