Those Calling For Probe Of Former Service Chiefs Are Unpatriotic – Lai Mohammed




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Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of and Culture has stated Nigerians calling for the arrest and of the former by the International Criminal Court are unpatriotic.

Mohammed spoke on Tuesday during a Radio programme, Politics .

appointed four new last week after much clamour from Nigerians he bring in fresh hands to pilot the country’s anti-terrorism war.

The new are Major-General Leo Irabor as Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru as Chief of Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo as Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao as .

The new service chiefs took over from the ex-service chiefs —General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (Chief of Defence Staff); Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (Chief of Staff); Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas (Chief of Naval Staff); and Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar ().

But the and some Nigerians have since demanded the probe of the Olonisakin, Buratai, Ibas and Abubakar to unravel circumstances behind the security lapses during their tenure.

Reacting on Tuesday, the minister said, “To the best of knowledge, our service chiefs obey the rules of engagement and where there are infractions, there are internal regulations and internal mechanisms to address them.

“Those who are calling for the ex-service chiefs to be invited to ICC are unpatriotic people.”

Mohammed also said civilians are not competent to talk on military structure and formations, whether in the North-Eastern of , Yobe and Adamawa or in any parts of the country.

“Those who talk about the structure, what do they know about the structure of the military? I don’t think any of us is competent to talk about the structure of the military,” he said.

The minister, however, assured Nigerians the new service chiefs have hit the ground running and would ensure overcome the insurgency war in the North-East and in parts of the country.

For over 10 years, the Boko Haram terror group had killed hundreds of Nigerians in the North-East. The sect had also burnt down and bombed scores of villages as well as churches.

The Nigerian and the Presidency had at several times claimed the group had been ‘technically defeated’ and ‘weakened’ but the Abubakar Shekau’s bloodthirsty faction continues to with daring effrontery and crude savagery.

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