While I agree mostly with the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Division Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Major-General Adeniyi Oyebade on the need to confront anti government movements, it is a bit arrogant to equate an army commander to the president of Nigeria.
I take exception to the statement :
“The GOC however insisted that the Army remains the guidance of Nigerian democracy, but stated that, an attempt on the Chief of the nation’s Army is akin to an attempt on a sitting president.”
The chief of army works for and at the pleasure of the commander in chief, he is not the commander in chief nor his equivalence. The army is not “the guidance of Nigerian democracy” they are the guardian of it security and serve at the pleasure of the commander in chief. The constitution is the sole guardian of its democracy and the supreme law of the land. Nigerians should really worry about military commanders who assume for themselves an equivalency to the office of the president.
The army is not “the guidance of Nigerian democracy” they are the guardian of its security and serve at the pleasure of the commander in chief.
While we need the army to fight Boko Haram, other terrorist groups and defend the territorial integrity of the country, the role of internal peace keeping should naturally devolve to the police force. As much as possible the army must not be making statements on political events as that is the purview of the legislature who enact laws and the executive who implement or execute those laws while the judiciary makes sure those laws or their implementation do not violate the Nigerian constitution.
We have to be careful that we have learned the lessons of yesteryears and cannot allow the military to presume they run the country.
A word is enough for the wise
God bless Nigeria.