Few sol­diers’ mis­con­duct giv­ing mil­i­tary bad im­age –DHQ

The Punch - - AM BUSINESS - Fri­day Olokor, Abuja

The De­fence head­quar­ters on Satur­day ex­pressed con­cern over the spate at which mis­con­ducts of some sol­diers in re­cent times were giv­ing the pub­lic wrong per­cep­tion about the Nige­rian mil­i­tary.

The DHQ also ap­pealed to the pub­lic not to use the ac­tion of a few sol­diers to gen­er­alise and paint the Nige­rian mil­i­tary in a bad light. It de­scribed such as prod­ucts of frus­tra­tions and per­sonal chal­lenges.

The Chief of De­fence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, who was rep­re­sented by the Chief of De­fence Civil/mil­i­tary Cor­po­ra­tion, Rear Ad­mi­ral Obed Ngal­abak, stated this when he led some top of­fi­cers of the var­i­ous arms of the Nige­rian mil­i­tary on a visit to a busi­ness mogul and founder of Ned Nwoko Foun­da­tion, Prince Ned Nwoko, in Abuja.

To cor­rect the neg­a­tive per­cep­tion about the mil­i­tary, the DHQ has en­tered into a col­lab­o­ra­tion with the NNF to cre­ate aware­ness to civil pop­u­lace.

Ngal­abak said, “The Chief of De­fence Staff has asked that we meet you be­cause the civilmil­i­tary re­la­tion is bad, it needs to be brought to­gether and a per­son like you will go a long way to sup­port this project.

“Some­times, it is be­cause of the chal­lenges they them­selves are hav­ing; they are frus­trated and they have no way of let­ting it out and so some­times, they be­have like that but that is not say­ing that is who we are, it is not every­body.”

While thank­ing Nwoko for his de­ter­mi­na­tion to end malaria in Nige­ria and Africa in gen­eral, he ap­pealed to the phi­lan­thropist to take the bat­tle against malaria in an­other form.

he said, “Malaria ac­tu­ally kills more than AIDS and other sick­nesses that we are aware of.

“The fight is very heart­warm­ing and the Chief of De­fence Staff is aware of it but we want you to fight an­other malaria in an­other form; the civil/mil­i­tary re­la­tion­ship.

“The civil/mil­i­tary re­la­tions depart­ment was cre­ated be­cause we re­alised that the mil­i­tary is al­ways do­ing things in iso­la­tion and there is the need for the peo­ple we are fight­ing for to know what we are do­ing.

“We have not taken time to ex­plain to our sis­ters and broth­ers what we are do­ing, that is why we are do­ing what we are do­ing and we think that it is nec­es­sary for us to do that.”

Re­spond­ing, Nwoko said, “When I was in the house of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, I was a mem­ber of the Com­mit­tee on De­fence and so we worked very closely with them. We did a lot with them and it is only a fool­ish per­son that doesn’t un­der­stand the im­por­tance of the work the mil­i­tary is do­ing.

“I par­tic­u­larly feel happy that there is a new depart­ment cre­ated to deal with civil­ians\ mil­i­tary re­la­tion­ship, to make them un­der­stand that you are a part and par­cel of all of us. It is like the po­lice and com­mu­nity polic­ing. I will play my role not just now but it will be a con­tin­u­ous role.

“The fight against malaria means a lot to me. We are look­ing at erad­i­cat­ing malaria in Africa start­ing with Nige­ria. There are 54 coun­tries in Africa, six of them are al­ready malaria-free and we are try­ing to do what they did. The first step is that we will fu­mi­gate Nige­ria. It in­volves ev­ery­one be­cause ev­ery home, ev­ery en­vi­ron­ment has to be fu­mi­gated.”

•L-R: Past Pres­i­dents, Eko Club, Mr Mu­tiu Gba­jumo, Al­haji Babs An­doyi, Chief Rasheed Alaba-wil­liams; and Pres­i­dent, Dr Sham­sudeen Ade-do­sunmu, dur­ing the New Year Dance of the club in La­gos... on Sun­day. Photo: Goke Fa­madewa

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