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‘Nigeria Is Not At War,’ Buhari Explains Rationale Behind Planned Troops Withdrawal

A file picture of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

 

Four days after the Federal Government says the Nigerian Military can be withdrawing troops from some components of the nation, the President has defined why the choice was taken.

President Muhammadu Buhari, in an announcement on Friday, clarified the federal government’s determination, saying there was no trigger for alarm.

He believes the nation just isn’t at warfare and, subsequently, the navy would withdraw a number of the troops in components of the nation.

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The President assured Nigerians, particularly these residing in areas the place there have been safety challenges that the federal government wouldn’t forsake them.

“You don’t need to worry. We will not expose our people and their communities to harm or danger,” he was quoted as saying in an announcement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu.

He added, “The withdrawal is to allow the military focus on its primary duty of defending the nation against external aggression. It is the duty of the police to handle internal security since Nigeria is not at war.

“The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps will support the police to provide internal security. When it is time to withdraw, nothing will be rushed.”

 

According to the assertion, President Buhari was reacting to considerations and appeals from governors and neighborhood leaders over the proposed withdrawal.

He confused that his “administration will not abandon citizens in need of protection.”

The President reassured Nigerians that withdrawal of the navy from areas the place peace had been restored wouldn’t be completed in a fashion that will expose communities to extra dangers of assaults.

He defined that the withdraw train could be gradual and thoroughly deliberate, not abrupt or arbitrary to jeopardise the success already recorded by the navy.

President Buhari, nevertheless, urged public affairs analysts and others to rigorously research the assertion following the Security Council assembly with the nation’s Service Chiefs.

The withdrawal of troops, in response to him, can be completed after an “assessment” to find out areas the place peace had returned to allow civil authorities assume full management.

President Buhari the place it was decided that the withdrawal wouldn’t in any manner jeopardise peace already achieved, the navy pullout could be in a cautious and gradual manner.

Following the safety assembly held on Monday, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, had introduced the plan to withdraw troops throughout a briefing with State House correspondents in Abuja.

He famous that the withdrawals could be completed solely after an evaluation of the scenario on the bottom.

The naval chief conceded that the actions of insurgents within the North East was a priority however gave the peace of mind that the navy would adjust to the President’s directive to accentuate efforts in 2020.

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