The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) domiciled in Rivers State has commended the Nigerian Army for its conduct in the just concluded elections in the state.
In a letter signed by Convener, Comrade Tamuno George, addressed to the Army Chief, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, the CSOs reckoned that with their intervention, there was a near-zero electoral violence and killings during and after the last exercise.
According to the group, the singular initiative of establishing Army’s Situation Room averted the impending massacre.
The CSOs said they were impressed by the Army’s resoluteness in the face of pressure and conspiracy by Governor Nyesom Wike.
The letter read in part, dd“ These CSOs are particularly bolstered into this open appreciation of your leadership of the Army because the 2019 general elections were scary for us and other electorates in Rivers state, Niger Delta region and the entire country. We least expected that Nigeria would come out of it unhurt as it is today.
“ Sir, and for the first time, we saw and utilized the Army’s Situation Room under your leadership, which monitored and promptly responded to insecurity alarms from Nigerians in all parts of the country.
“ This singular initiative saved Nigerians from the planned electoral violence and killings. It averted the plots of electoral heist by demonic forces in Nigeria in 2019. We saw top military officers, especially in Rivers state, who stoutly resisted the numerous temptations of financial inducements by the incumbent Government of Rivers State to compromise the ballots.
“ We applaud the good conduct of the Nigerian troops particularly in Rivers State, where the governor intimidated and undermined the Army.
“ It has not escaped our memory that Gov. Wike allegedly approached the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Jamil Sarham and other officers to compromise the electoral process.
“ But Gen. Sarham resisted his overtures and he is greatly appreciated for his steadfastness to save lives and protect Nigeria’s democracy in Rivers state. Again, the Army under your command actually saved democracy in Nigeria and our experience in Rivers state amply attest to it.
“ And Sir, when we heard of the James Moore group, the “UK Matters Most”, protests in London to #10 Downing Street, Buckingham Palace and delivered a letter to Queen Elizabeth II as well as the Westminster Parliament, compelling these top government officials to kick-start action on Gov. Wike’s alleged $1 million bribe to the High Commissioner and consulate officials in the British High Commission in Abuja, it was clear to us, Gov. Wike’s failure to monetarily influence the Army or compromise them compelled him to shift his devilry to foreign officials.
“ We learnt Gov. Wike’s alleged $1 million bribe to British High Commissioner and Consulate officials in Abuja was meant to have the British election observers cook an incriminating report, which will implicate and question the partiality of the Nigerian Army, especially, the innocent Gen. Sarham and his officers in Rivers state.
“ But God intervened, the “UK Matters Most,” group’s protest in far away London explained it all. “