Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh has urged Nigerians to see the war against terrorism as a fight for all, not only the Military. He was speaking at a closed door meeting with members of the Presidential fact-finding committee on the abduction of Chibok girls in Abuja recently.
Air Chief Badeh, who held a closed door session with the committee along side other members of the Nigerian Defence Corps stated that the war against terrorism must be fought as a nation.
“Everybody thinks this war is for the military alone; no. It is a war for all of us.” He stressed that, “soldiers don’t fight wars on their own. It’s a nation that goes to war.”
Badeh thanked members of the Committee for taking on the assignment. “It will give us respite if you are able to get to the root of all that has happened,” he said.
Air Mashal Badeh, expressed the hope that with current efforts and support, “we shall win the war on terror and bring back our girls.”
The Service Chiefs; who included members of the Nigerian Army, Navy, and Air Force dispelled insinuations that had been rife over the abduction and terror in general. Such insinuations concern the armoury and fire power of the terrorists, the morale of Nigerian troops, as well as operational deployment of troops.
The military top brass explained their rules of engagement and related issues of appropriate firepower in situations which terrorism presents within Nigerian territory where there is civilian population.
While thanking the Service Chiefs for the insight provided, the fact-finding Committee Chairman, Gen. Sabo (rtd), frowned at the disparagement of the country’s armed forces, and commiserated with the Services on the personnel losses suffered in the fight against terrorism.