Center for Justice and Transformational Leadership(CJTL) has bemoaned media criticisms on the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen Tukur Buratai over statement credited to him where he was quoted to have blamed troops for recent attacks by terror group, Boko Haram.
The Centre expressed displeasure that those lambasting the COAS failed to understand the prism from which he spoke but were quick to mischievously throw banters at the Army top brass.
In a statement signed by Oduma Richard Oduma and made available to newsmen Thursday evening, the group called on all patriotic citizens to support the Army and other security agencies fighting insurgency.
Recall that the COAS had while speaking at the opening of a Transformational Leadership Workshop organised by the Army Headquarters in Abuja genuinely questioned the commitment of some troops in the front line of the war against insurgency.
However, the Centre responding to criticisms that have trailed the comment argued that the COAS staff only pointed out need for improvements as he has never claimed to command a perfect Army. This in itself should be commended.
It further accused some media organisations for claiming that the military was ill equipped while maliciously representing the view of the Army chief wondering the correlation of the comment and equipping the Army.
Quoting the views of the COAS thus,
“Many of those on whom the responsibility for physical actions against the adversary squarely falls are yet to fully take ownership of our common national or service cause. I therefore, believe that the transformational leadership workshops will again remind and clarify to participants what our President and Commander-in-Chief meant by ‘this generation and indeed, future generations of Nigerians have no other country but Nigeria, we must remain here and salvage it together”, he queried the difficulty in properly understanding the statement as it was very clear that he meant to only to strengthen the morale of the troops