The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Musa, has disclosed a challenging scenario faced by troops in the Northeast when villagers hid guns after terrorists were neutralized. General Musa recounted his experience as the Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) during a period of 19 months, shedding light on the tactics employed by terrorists and the need for a comprehensive approach to address insecurity.
During his tenure, General Musa highlighted instances where terrorists would infiltrate villages with weapons, launching attacks that resulted in successful engagements by the military. However, a significant challenge emerged as villagers concealed the weapons before the arrival of troops, subsequently using them to launch attacks from unexpected directions.
General Musa emphasized the evolving nature of security threats, citing incidents where family values have been compromised, leading to internal kidnappings and ransom demands within families. He expressed concern about the monetization of societal values and urged a revisiting of Nigeria’s core principles.
To tackle the complex issue of insecurity, General Musa called upon religious leaders and traditional rulers to play a crucial role in reinforcing the country’s value system. He stressed the importance of instilling God, faith, and sincerity back into the fabric of society, addressing the erosion of family values and the pervasive impact of monetary considerations on individual behavior.
In his remarks, General Musa pointed out that Nigerians are often described as religious but not necessarily godly. The appeal to religious leaders and traditional rulers is aimed at fostering a collective effort to restore and reinforce core values, addressing the root causes of insecurity and promoting a more cohesive and virtuous society.
The challenges highlighted by the Chief of Defence Staff underscore the multifaceted nature of security threats, emphasizing the need for a holistic approach that goes beyond military operations to address societal values and dynamics.