With the protest against the disbandment of SARS far from reaching its denouement, the Nigerian Army has issued a warning against persons it labeled “subversive elements and trouble makers” and has notified them to desist from such acts.
This was contained in a statement signed on Wednesday by Sagir Musa, acting Army Director of Army Public Relations, who stated that the Nigerian Army will at all cost defend the country and her democracy.
The statement titled ‘Nigerian Army remains resolute to the peace and stability of the nation,’ reads thus: “The Nigerian Army wishes to reassure law-abiding citizens that it is highly committed to the sustenance of peace, security, and defence of democracy in Nigeria.
“As a responsible and law-abiding organization, the NA reaffirms its unalloyed loyalty and commitment to the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Constitution of the country.
“The NA hereby, warns all subversive elements and trouble makers to desist from such acts as it remains highly committed to defending the country and her democracy at all cost.
“The NA is ready to fully support the civil authority in whatever capacity to maintain law and order and deal with any situation decisively.”
Some Nigerians have been protesting against police brutality across the country. It will also be recalled that on Tuesday, a video of some soldiers assaulting a cameraman working for ARISE TV and seizing his equipment when protesters besieged the national assembly went viral.
In what could be described as a veiled warning to the #EndSARS protesters, who have been occupying the streets for the past one week, and demanding the reform of the Nigeria Police, the Nigerian Army have threatened to deal with any situation decisively.
Meanwhile, Shehu Sani, a former senator who represented Kaduna Central in the eight Assembly, has warned the Nigerian Army to desist from intervening in the ongoing #ENDSARS protest.
He took to his twitter handle to say: “The Army should not and must not intervene to crush peaceful protesters. We have enough bandits and Insurgents in our forests and deserts that need their attention”.