The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-.Gen. Kenneth Minimah, on Sunday said the Nigerian Army would continue to set up court-martial to check indiscipline among troops operating in NorthEast. Minimah said this at the Inter-Denominational Church Service to mark the Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2015 (NADECL). He said the army is taking all proactive measures to restore sanity and battle confidence to troops. He explained that courtmartial was set up to try those soldiers and officers who ran away during the operation.
The army chief said there were saboteurs who believed the war was not to be fought and also those who believed in the war sentiment and showed cowardice. He said some of the soldiers joined the army to own properties and others joined the army for employment, adding that they did not join to fight. “I must set up court-martial and if you are in my place and you did nothing you are not worth being a Chief of Army Staff.
I did that, I have no regret. “I am setting up more court-martial to try people who ran, show cowardice, abandoned troops and equipment and ran away. “Why are you in the army? Why are you running away? Is that the army we want in Nigeria?’’ Minimah asked. The army chief said any soldier who cannot fight for his country should not exist, adding that the oath of allegiance of the military commands that a soldier should fight.
According to him, the oath also said that if possible the “soldier should lay down his life for his fatherland and that is the oath we all took’’. Minimah appealed to Nigerians to be patient, assuring that the fight on terrorism would soon be over.
However, he said that more time was needed and with the support of the citizenry the fight will be over. He said the choice of Maiduguri for the celebration is for the army to identify with the government and people of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, and the entire North Eastern region that the army share their pains. He also said the celebration in Maiduguri would boost the morale of troops operating there.