- Restates loyalty to civil rule, constitutional role
The Nigerian military has said their troops are engaged in one major operations or the other in all the six geopolitical zones of the country similar to the controversial Operation Python Dance 11 (Egwu Eke II) in the South East region.
The Director of Defence Information (DDI), Maj-Gen. John Enenche, who disclosed this at a briefing in Abuja on Friday, said various operations and exercises under the Defence Headquarters are being sustained in the North East, North West, North Central, South West, South South and South Eastern parts of Nigeria.
Enenche defended the operation in the South East, which has led to the proscribing of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation with the whereabouts of their leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, unknown.
He said there is no going back on the military exercise, which he stressed, is being carried out within the Rule of Engagement.
According to him, the operation is part of the Nigerian Armed Forces “commitment to routine training and regular exercising of troops, to keep fit professionally, in order to tackle security challenges in the country.
“Furthermore, Defence Headquarters reassures the general public of conducting its duties and tasks in line with best international military practices,” he said.
The DDI said the Nigerian troops are also engaged in “Operation Restore Democracy” in the Gambia, which have been rotated.
“The contingent earned the operational medal, due to their outstanding performance. A new set has been inducted into the mission (ECOMIG),” he noted.
Speaking further, Enenche reaffirmed the DHQ’s “unalloyed loyalty of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari; total subordination of the Nigerian Military to constituted civil authorities; and complete dedication of the Military to its Constitutional Roles.”
Enenche also restated the dedication of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to the protection of lives and property of all peace loving people where ever they live in Nigeria.
The Defence Spokesperson however, urged the public to furnish the security agencies with information on suspicious activities of individuals, groups or organizations that are contrary to Nigeria’s national security.