Group commends DHQ for parley with veterans

– Condemn statement by Sheik Gumi

By Chuks Oyema-Aziken

The Mothers for United Nigeria (MUN) has hailed the Armed Forces of Nigeria for its determination to restore peace in the country.

In a press release on Thursday, MUN’s Publicity Secretary, Hajia Salamatu Adebayo, welcomed the parley the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor had with retired senior military officers in the Southwest.

The security meeting which was tagged “CDS Interaction with Retired Senior Military in the Southwest,” was organized by the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), and held at the Headquarters 2 Division, Nigerian Army, Ibaban, Oyo state. 

MUN in the press release lamented the security challenges facing the country, but expressed hope that the meetings been organised by the DHQ will restore peace in the country.

The group condemned statement credited to Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi that some Nigerian soldiers were conniving with bandits and worsening the security situation in the country. 

The group said “Recall that in March this year, the DHQ organized a summit with theme “Promoting Kinetic Operations as a major Plank for Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency in Nigeria”. All is a reflection of continued search for peace”

“We are glad the meeting will be replicated in the other geo-political zones as issues at stake will be aggregated.

“As mothers we have watched with tears the wanton destruction of lives in the country. We also feel the pains of members and families of military personnel who are paying the ultimate sacrifice to safeguard the country.

“We also condemn the statement by Sheik Gumi, this is not the time to weaken the resolve of the military in the fight against insurgency and banditry.

“This is the time for the Carnage to stop and we commend the Defence Headquarters for this bold initiative.”

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