President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the military to respect human rights and international humanitarian laws as they do their jobs.
He disclosed this in Kaduna during the Chief of Army Staff conference and the commissioning of the ultra-modern Army Reference Hospital.
According to PMB, his government will keep supporting the military in its struggle for modernization.
His words, “This government is aware that activities of the army came with key consequences, with some personnel who have sustained various injuries.
“I once again send my condolences to those who have paid the supreme sacrifices in effort to secure this country. May their souls rest in peace.
“I urge our soldiers to continue to abide by their ethics and keep to the rules of engagement and code of conduct while ensuring that Human Rights and international humanitarian laws are promoted and respected in the conduct of military operations,”
“There is no doubt that a lot has been achieved by the Army since my assumption as the president.
“This administration has continued to provide resources and carried out transformational projects with the sole aim of modernizing the army in a better position to perform its constitutional roles.
“In this regard, it is pertinent to acknowledge the establishment of Army university Biu and the Army resources Centre alongside the war college to further boost intellectual capacity in the forces. These are efforts to confront emerging threats to our national security” the president said. He hailed the army chief for promoting local contents in the development of the military-industrial complex.
“I am glad with the production of the Ezugwu Mine Resistant vehicle and others which were earlier produced as testimony that our efforts are yielding results.
“I wish to commend the Chief of Army Staff’s laudable effort of transforming the Nigerian Army. He has keyed into the Federal government’s change agenda and I commend his job in the area of innovative and inventive approach to produce military hardware, infrastructural development, restructuring and reorganization among others with significant results; particularly in the ongoing counter-insurgency and other operations across the country.
“This government will continue to support Army to sustain this laudable initiative aimed at repositioning you to deal with contemporary security challenges and to achieve a modern army of the future.”