A non-partisan women’s advocacy group Mothers for United Nigeria (MUN) has rejected calls by the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) demanding the resignation of the Chief of Defense Staff ( CDS), General Lucky Irabor.
HURIWA National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, had made the call in a statement following CDS revelations that there are around 137 unmanned borders in the north, which are infiltrated by terrorists from the Sahel to wreak havoc in Nigeria. .
But in reaction, the women’s group said HURIWA should recognize that the security situation in the country has improved given the ongoing intensive military operations across the country, leading to the mass surrender of terrorists and other criminals. .
MUN, in a press statement by Publicity Secretary, Hafsat Adebayo, instead said CDS is to be commended for its sincerity in the disclosure, saying it shows that the Nigerian Armed Forces are not silent on the matter.
According to MUN, “Even when border control issues are not the primary role of the APN, the CDS which has elevated inter-agency synergy since taking office has not hesitated to come out to identify an issue that must be addressed.
“Would HURIWA have preferred that the CDS be silent? We need to start appreciating public servants who show sincerity in the face of challenges.
“MUN, while not speaking on behalf of the CDS or the Armed Forces of Nigeria, will continue to assert that tackling insecurity in the country should be a collective effort.
“We take this opportunity to congratulate the wife of CDS and DEPOWA President, Barr. (Mrs.) Vickie Irabor on the laying of the foundation stone for the Armed Forces Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a initiative on his part.
“There is no doubt that PTSD is a morale booster for the troops to go out there and deal with the enemies of Nigeria.”