Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen. Lucky Irabor has vowed to order the army to clamp down on violent agitators in the country.
Naija News reports that the CDS stated this in Owerri, the Imo State capital, during a meeting with retired senior military officers in the Southeast.
Recall that the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government have arrested the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu and is also making moves to extradite Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Igboho from Benin Republic.
Speaking on Thursday, Irabor stated that the military would not go against anyone acting within the ambits of the law.
“It is not the job of the military to stop anyone from agitating for whatever he so wishes. It is a political thing,” he said.
“What we are against is having to use the instrument of violence to bring about the agitation.
“We have a constitution that enables us to present whatever grievances that we have. So, if anyone is going outside the provisions of the Constitution, of course, we as military and other security agencies won’t allow that. Why do you have to kill to achieve your desires?”
Irabor said the military will resist any attempt by anybody, group or individual using violence against the state.
“Again, there are provisions for anyone who believes that he has certain desires within the confines of the arrangement as enshrined in the constitution to ventilate such views.
“So, this is the reason we think that violence is not the way to go. We are appealing to everyone to seek the course of rule of law to bring about whatever his agitations are.”