According to the Nigerian military, it is not their duty to quell agitations throughout the country.During an interactive session with retired senior military officers from the South East geo-political zone, Gen. Lucky Irabor, chief of defence staff, stated this in Owerri, Imo State capital.
After former Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Azubaike Ihejirika (Retd) said war will not solve the current problems in the country. Irabor added that there are constitutional provisions to deal with agitating groups, however, violence is not acceptable to the military.
"The military is not supposed to stop anyone who wants to agitate. It’s a political thing, but what we are against is having to use the instruments of violence to bring about such agitations. “We have a constitution that guarantees us avenues to ventilate any grievance. Why do you have to kill before you achieve your desire? “So, anyone outside the provisions of the constitution, of course, we as army officers or security agents won’t allow that. It is out of place and we will use anyone who will use instruments of violence to achieve any agenda."
The CDS also expressed hope of interactions which are to be held in the six geo-political zones, assisting the military in fashioning out ways of resolving the myriad of security issues in the country.