By Musa Baba Adamu
Coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) has cautioned over the ongoing probe of the one billion dollars arm deal by the House of Representatives, saying that the immediate past service chiefs served the nation in their best capacities.
Comrade Mustapha Tijani, who is the Convener of the group, while briefing journalists in Abuja, said “While we consider any call for probe as the right of citizens and constitutional duty of the lawmakers, particularly when financial impropriety has been noticed to be committed.
“It however amount to wicked distractions, outright disservice and deliberate falsehood when certain individuals who are not bold enough to demand prove are hiding behind to stoke flames of propaganda, raising false alarm and deliberately on a mission to malign the hard earned integrity of the immediate past service chiefs who have committed service to the nation.
“Right from the time the trio of the immediate past service chiefs were in office, we are aware that several individuals were after them to bring their names into national disrepute, first it was phantom allegations of extra judicial killing at the war front, even hyped by some international organisations, promoted by certain political parties all in the bid to create national security crisis and demoralise the patriotic men fighting at the war front.
“But with time they turned out to be largely unproven, outright falsehood and deliberate orchestration to weaken the zeal of the service chiefs. While their tenure was severally extended by President Muhammad Buhari, their reputation, office and name came under needless attacks, blackmail and dangerous propaganda from religious, tribal and political angle, given the privileged opportunity they had to serve the nation for such a long period”, the group said.