The #BringBackOurGirls group has pledged support for the new leadership of the Nigeria military, urging them to ensure that officers and men of the force do not abuse their power against civilians as was alleged in the past.
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, appointed new Chief of Defence Staff, Maj.-Gen. Gabriel Olonishakin; Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. T.Y. Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas; and Maj Gen. Babagana Monguno as the new National Security Adviser.
Speaking at the group’s sit-out Thursday, one of the members of the group, Seun Olatunde, stated that the level of abuse witnessed by the citizens of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and in other parts of the country in the hands of military has been bad and urged the newly appointed security chiefs to guard against such alleged abuse of power.
“We need to restore the glory of the military. We should help restore the dignity and honour of the military. We need to make conscience efforts as people and citizens need to begin to respect them. With the new security chiefs, I am hoping that things will be better,” Olatunde noted.
He continued, “We need to set out an agenda for the military to respect Nigerians. We need to write and outline the point on the inhuman treatment of the military to Nigerians and other issues. The service chiefs were appointed on merit. They didn’t pay for the post and I know that they will work with their lives. We will outline the problems and work towards restoring the dignity of the military through orientation and training. The dignity needs to be restored. We will harness our report and present to the military.”
Speaking further on the issue, one of the leaders of the group, Aisha Yesufu stated that the bad records of some of the officers and men of the military have damaged the reputation of the military and hence the need for the military to see Nigerians as human beings.
“They treat us as dirts when they are in their uniform. That is the reason many are being disrespected. When they give Nigerians the respect they deserve, they will get their respect,” she added.