Nigerian Army To Discipline Soldiers Over Mutiny
The Nigerian Army says discipline is the bedrock of military and soldiers found guilty of mutiny will be disciplined.
The Theatre Commander Of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Abba Dikko, disclosed this on Saturday while reading the riot act to soldiers fighting the insurgency in the Northeast.
Major General Dikko who hosted officers and men at the headquarters of the Theatre command in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, frowned at the act of mutiny, insisting that the officers voluntarily joined the military and as such must follow instructions.
“The bedrock of your service as a soldier is discipline. A soldier must remain disciplined at all times, a soldier must obey instructions. A soldier must be seen to be proactive, not retroactive,” he said.
Speaking concerning the fate of the thirty soldiers that recently protested their posting to Marte, a Local Government Area (LGA) in Northern Borno State, Dikko said they would be disciplined in accordance with military laws.
“We don’t punish in the military we discipline; discipline is the bedrock of the job if there’s no discipline then we can’t have an army so if a soldier errs he must be corrected.
“We are focused and doing what we are supposed to do in order to finish the assignment that we’re given and no matter what it takes we’ll do it professionally everybody is motivated and well catered for.
“There are some (soldiers) that are not here and you don’t know what they’re going through. You cannot say you’ve heard them complaining that they’re not in the townships. Some are in locations that are out of reach. So, we must understand the difficult times we find ourselves. When it becomes necessary to rejig ourselves we do it in a military way. We do it as enshrined in the armed forces act.”
Dikko also stressed that it is important that the military uphold the values and ethics of the system. According to him, military service is to fatherland not a service to oneself.