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Sunday 28 February 2021

Why Nigerian Citizens Kill Their Own soldiers

By Eluwa Chidiebere Chinazu | Biafra Writers 

February 28th, 2021. 

Any military personnel with a functioning brain understand that they have a duty to protect the people from harm. But when the military fails in securing the lives and properties of the people, the people now has the right to defend themselves. 

The Nigerian military is brain-dead and so are bereaved of the gumption to tackle the security challenges in the country. This is evident in the way they manage uprisings in the country. 

Military as an institution doesn't provoke. Their work is to guard the boundaries of a country against any invader, and not to be seen on the streets. In civilized countries, you can't see a police with a gun not to mention an army. 

It is unfortunate that the Nigerian military has sided with the political class to work against their own people. They no longer operate within the ambits of the law but have degenerated to the state of being a hirable institution. When a soldier is being hired by one political juggernaut, camouflaged like a thug and commanded to carry out an individual’s bindings, then the people should consider the military their number one enemy. 

Statistics shows that the military in Nigeria is competing with the terrorist groups in Nigeria as to who kills more than the other. The Odi massacre in Bayelsa, the massacre of Shia Musims, MASSOB and IPOB members and the carnage in the Middle Belt, etc, are all meted on the common people by the military. 

Today, the old and young in Nigeria fear their soldiers instead of the opposite. Instead of the soldiers to understand that they are not getting it right, they brag about their evil activities. In one of my encounters with soldiers in Owerri, Imo state, during a protest, the soldier told me that if I don't keep quiet that he will shoot me dead and nothing will happen. My eyes got fat in surprise as I asked myself, "is this one my protector or my killer." 

Today, we hear stories of soldiers being killed by the people. What a shame! All these happen because the soldiers have become a threat to the people and the protector of their subjugators in the political sector. 

If the military decides to work against their people and rather work for the looters in the government who have made the lives of the citizens a misery, then they should know that they will be hunted as well.

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Edited By Nelson Ofokar Yagazie

Publisher: Eluwa Chidiebere Chinazu

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