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Published On: Wed, Aug 15th, 2018

Alarm over ‘plot’ to politicize Nigeria Army

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By Stanley Onyekwere

The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on Good Governance in Nigeria has raised the alarm over what it descried as grand plot by some agents of unpatriotic politicians to drag the Nigeria Military into the murky waters of politics with a view to further heat up the polity.
They accused one Dr. Idris Ahmed and some other elements of planning to tarnish the hard-earned image and reputation of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai .
The CSOs also cried out over the alleged plan to thwart the progress that have been made in fighting terrorism and return Nigeria to the days when road in major cities have to be sealed off with concrete boulders.
The group’s National Convener, Evangelist Gabriel Donko, in a statement obtained yesterday, said Ahmed and his paymasters called for an outright sack of the Chief of Army Staff and some frontline commanders in the Theatre of War, it also smacks of mischief, abetted by pecuniary gains.
Donko noted that the smear campaign is not only futile, it is of poor taste and laced with ulterior motives because of the personalities of the characters involved.
He said, “These characters are indeed men of low moral standing in the society, whose stock in trade revolves around propaganda, blackmail, and extortion. We had it on good authority that the demands for the sack of the COAS was the direct outcome of a refusal to pay Dr. Ahmed and his co-travellers money in 10 digits as was being demanded.
“The Coalition of CSOs on Good Governance in Nigeria wishes to use this medium to inform the general public of the nefarious activities of Dr. Idris Ahmed and, his group of marauding elements which from all purpose and intents do not wish for the war against Boko Haram insurgents to come to an end for their selfish reasons. Since their meal tickets are tied to the continued existence of Boko Haram.
“The Army as an institution has also evolved to embrace best practices in its process and cannot be the same as when those paying Dr. Idris Ahmed held sway there.
“The Coalition of CSOs on Good Governance in Nigeria not only frowns at such attempts to paint the Nigeria Army in bad light, but it also wishes to alert the various security agencies of the activities of Dr. Idris Ahmed and his paymasters, who have so decided to constitute themselves into clogs in the wheel of our progress as a people and as a nation.

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