The Nigerian Army has dismissed Sheikh Ahmad Gumi’s allegation that its personnel were colluding with bandits who had been responsible for various crimes and atrocities in the country.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement on Wednesday, reacted to Gumi’s allegations on ARISE TV Morning Show on Wednesday, 23 June 2021.
Nwachukwu said that the Nigerian Army remained a symbol of national unity that had discharged its constitutional responsibilities in the most professional manner in line with global best practices.
He described the allegation by the scholar as not only sad and unfortunate but a calculated attempt to denigrate the Nigerian military and undermine the sacrifices of patriotic troops, who are working tirelessly to restore peace and stability across the country.
The Army further said it will not attempt to excuse the possibility of black sheep amongst its fold, but it will not condone any form of sabotage or aiding and assisting the enemy by any personnel, as provisions for dealing decisively with such acts are stipulated in Section 45 (1) of the Armed Forces Act CAP A 20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
It, therefore, enjoined Opinion leaders are to demonstrate patriotism in building peace, rather than being agents of destabilization and aggravating the current security challenges facing the nation.