Nigerian Military to uphold respect of human right tenets

Martha Obi, Abuja

The Nigerian Military has assured that its team will continue to respect the rights of every individual, not only in its operations in the North East but in every region of the country.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin made this known when the project implementation committee of the National Human Rights Commission and its partners gave him a courtesy call at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja.

Represented by the Chief of Defence Policy and Plans, Air Vice Marshal Bashir Saidu, General Olonisakin said “the Nigerian Military would always be guided by the principles of human rights protection in all its operations and engagements.”

Nigerian Military however at both the national and field command levels in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States are in the project aimed at promoting human rights accountability in the prosecution of counter insurgency operations in the States.

In a related development, the Chairman of Arik Airline, Sir Joseph Arumemi, has solicited for closer ties with Defence Headquarters on the air lifting of officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces, including those on peace keeping operations within and outside the country.

Sir Arumemi made this known when he led a delegation to pay a courtesy call on the Chief at the Defence Headquarters Abuja.

He noted that the airlines could contribute positively to various peace keeping operations by providing affordable air transportation and better services to the members of the armed forces.

Arumemi therefore solicited for the support of the DHQ to have confidence in Arik Airline, as an indigenous airline that put safety as its priority.

The CDS, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Air Vice Marshal Bashir Saidu reaffirmed that the military will continue to do it’s best to ensure the safety of all Nigerians.