Nigeria: Defense Chief Ensures Accountability: Punishment for Anyone Found Culpable in Kaduna Bombing

Nigeria: Defense Chief Ensures Accountability: Punishment for Anyone Found Culpable in Kaduna Bombing

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

In the aftermath of the tragic Kaduna bombing incident, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Musa, has unequivocally stated that anyone found responsible for the incident will face severe consequences. General Musa made this commitment during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, addressing the accidental air strike in the Igabi council area of the North-West state that resulted in the loss of eighty-five lives and numerous injuries.

President Bola Tinubu had promptly ordered an investigation into the matter, and General Musa reassured the public that the Armed Forces of Nigeria stand firmly behind the government and the nation. He emphasized the military’s commitment to defending democracy and affirmed that accountability will prevail. “Nobody should have any fear,” he asserted, adding that the Armed Forces will rectify any lapses identified by the committee assigned to investigate the incident.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria is solidly behind the government and Nigeria. Our mandate is to defend democracy, and we will continue to do that. So, nobody should have any fear,” General Musa reiterated. He stressed that the investigation is ongoing and assured that the outcomes will be transparently communicated to the public. “We are sincere, we are fair, we are impartial. We want to know what actually happened so that we can make amends. I can assure you that nothing will be swept under the carpet,” he affirmed.

Expressing regret for the accidental airstrike, General Musa conveyed the Army’s deep remorse, emphasizing that such incidents are never intentional. He called on Nigerians to continue supporting the troops in their efforts to combat banditry and other crimes. “We just want Nigerians to understand that the incident was never deliberate. We would never deliberately target our citizens. Our mandate is to protect innocent Nigerians, and we will continue to do that,” he reassured.

Furthermore, General Musa cautioned against demoralizing the troops through actions or statements, highlighting the sacrifices made by the military to ensure the nation’s security. He urged Nigerians to recognize the challenges faced by the troops and underscored the importance of their continued support. In closing, he emphasized the critical role of the military in safeguarding the country and urged unity in the face of these challenges.

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