Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, has declared that the Nigerian Army would setup more court-martial to curb indiscipline among troops fighting insurgency in North-East zone.
Minimah stated this at an Interdenominational Church Service to mark the Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2015.
He said the Army had taken all proactive measures to restore sanity and confidence in the troops.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, the Army boss explained that court-martial was set up to try soldiers and officers who ran away during operations in the North-East.
He said there were saboteurs who believed the war was not to be fought and also those who believed in the war sentiment and showed cowardice, adding that some of the soldiers joined the Army to own property while others joined the force for employment and not to fight.
“I must setup court-martial and if you are in my place and you did nothing you are not worth being a Chief of Army Staff. I did that, I have no regret.
“I am setting up more court-martial to try people who ran, show cowardice, abandoned troops and equipment and ran away.
“Why are you in the Army? Why are you running away? Is that the Army we want in Nigeria?” Minimah asked.
The Army Chief said any soldier who cannot fight for his country should not exist, stressing that the oath of allegiance of the military commands that a soldier should fight.
Minimah further said that under the oath if possible, the “soldier should lay down his life for his fatherland and that is the oath we all took.’’
He therefore appealed to Nigerians to be patient and declared that the fight on terrorism would soon be over.
He said the choice of Maiduguri for the celebration is for the Army to identify with the government and people of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, and the entire North Eastern region that the Army share their pains.
He also said the celebration in Maiduguri would boost the morale of troops operating there.
On removal of military checkpoints, Gen.Minimah explained that not all military checkpoints and road blocks were affected, contrary to the perception of Nigerians.
“Indeed, we will re-establish some that were removed like in the South-East and some of the South-South areas where kidnapping and ransom exist.
“So, the roadblocks and checkpoints will remain in certain areas. And in the areas where they cause hardship for citizens we are taking steps to ensure that they are presented in such a way that citizens experience less hardship,’’ said the army chief.
On his part, Rev. Father Charles Ireogbu, Chaplaincy Roman Catholic Army, said vision was important as this can help overcome challenges and bring success.
Taking his text from Joshua 1 verses 1 to 16, the cleric said it was when there was vision that things can be done well and success would be achieved.
“We must see God as our own weapon of victory, there are weapons but without God victory is not possible,’’ he said.
He urged all members of the armed forces to pray to God for them to overcome and come out of the fight against Boko Haram successfully.

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