The security forces have a duty to protect, not to attack, the population, said the President General, Global Peace Movement International UK, Dr Mike Uyi.
Uyi stated this on Tuesday reacting to the continues killing of innocence people in the south east of Nigeria.
He said killing of any military personnel should certainly be condemned, but their deaths do not justify the slaughter of civilians.
“We have observed the desperate reckless engagement of the armed military against the armless Igbo population, which has resulted to the arbitrary arrest, torture and killings of civilians in the name of hunting for unknown gunmen”.
“This is unacceptable as scores of civilians are being killed on a daily basis yet the federal government and state governments have kept mute in the face of this unholy onslaught against the the people especially Igbos”.
According to Uyi, nations can be healed if justice is practiced a cross the federation.
“There is no place in the world where it is said that armed military personnel can go against the civilian population when an offence is committed against the military. The courts are there to handle whatever issues it is”.
“The assignment of the military in the area should just be to arrest and prosecute whoever is an offender, not summary execution of people”.
“We are in a democracy where every agency of government, particularly the security apparatus must adhere strictly to rules of engagement with regards to dealings with the civil populace in such a manner that will be in conformity with international best practices”.
“Major General Mohammed Shua a war vetran was killed by BOKO HARAM, innocent Soldiers defending Nigeria havealso been killed by Fulani TERRORISTS in both Kaduna State and other places in the North. The military has not taken such revenge of annoyance to wipe out BOKO HARAM in revenge like what they are doing now on South East of Nigeria. Play the game with fairness”, Uyi advices.
The whole arrangements on the ground according to Uyi, is delebrately making the work of the new pragmatic Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba more difficult.
“The Nigerian Police has lost a lot of men to sadistic unprovoked attack nationwide”.
“Please allow the new IGP spread his wealth of experience to regain the fragile Peace to Normalcy. From today henceforth No police Man or another police officer must be killed in Nigeria”.