The Nigerian Army team has won seven gold and two silver medals in the just concluded 2022 Armed Forces Inter-Service Sports Competition.
The Army secured the first position having won the highest number of laurels in different games of the competition.
The three services, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Air Force competed for five sports in Basketball, Cross-Country, Taekwondo and Volleyball in men and women category but only men competed in football.
The army teams won gold medals in basket ball (female), cross-country (male and female), volley ball (male and female) and taekwondo (male and female) as well as silver medals in basket ball (male) and football (male).
Also; the Nigerian Air Force won gold medals in basket ball (male) and football (male) with three silva and four bronze medals while the Navy won four silva and five bronze medals.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, the Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi commended the outstanding performances displayed by the atheletes.
Represented by the Director, Army Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Mr Sunday Attach, the minister said the competition had engendered unity and comradeship among the competing services personnel.
He said the objective of fostering good working relationship between the services had been achieved notwithstanding the physical and mental fatigue that the championship might have exerted on the athletes.
“I, therefore, commend all the competing athletes for the efforts they have put into winning laurels for their various Armed Services.
“Specifically, I congratulate the athletes that have distinguished themselves by winning individual prizes during this sports competition.
“Let me once again assure our hardworking service personnel of the commitment of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, at ensuring their welfare is adequately catered for.
“Additionally, the provision of the enabling environment required for our service personnel to function effectively and professionally remains undented.
“I, therefore, urge you all not to rest on your oars as you remain loyal, patriotic and committed to your oath of allegiance to defend the territorial integrity of our dear nation, Nigeria,” he said.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor said the competition was designed to sharpen the physical fitness, mental alertness and skills of the military personnel essential for combat readiness in the light of current security imperatives.
Represented by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, Irabor said the competition also provided opportunity for participating teams from the three services to compete for laurels and display comraderie and team spirit.
According to him, the level of sportsmanship exhibited during this competition further gives credence to the premium placed on sports by the AFN and efforts towards enhancing the combat readiness of its personnel.
He said the armed forces had continued to evolve joint training with emphasis placed on physical training and sports in general.
“It is my belief therefore, that continuity and sustainability of this level of training and competition, coupled with ongoing reequipping of the force forces will develop the required capacity to overcome the security challenges that confront us today and in the future.
“Accordingly, as we draw the curtains on the 2022 Armed Forces Inter-Service Sports Competition, I will like to encourage everyone to sustain one form of sports or the other as the resultant effects are enormous.
“It is on this note that I congratulate everyone that participated and particularly for those that won medals.
“It is one thing to win medals and another to hold unto the medals won.
“I will, therefore, encourage you to hold unto these medals as well as improve on winning more medals in subsequent competitions and games particularly at the forthcoming World Military Sports Championship in Beja, Portugal,” he said.
The Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi says physical fitness remains the cornerstone of troops combat readiness in contending with myriads of security challenges confronting the country.
Magashi, who was represented by the Director, Army Affairs, Mr Sunday Attah, said this at the opening of the 2022 Armed Forces Inter-Service Sports Competition (2022-AFISSC) on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said that physical fitness also helps to keep service personnel in top state that would enable them to carryout and achieve assigned tasks.
The minister said the inter-service sports competition, organised by the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) was designed to provide the platform for the services to interact with one another towards sustaining the good relationship built and enjoyed over the years.
According to him, the importance of physical fitness to an armed forces such as ours cannot be over emphasised, particularly at this time that Nigeria is contending with a myriad of security challenges.
“It is physically and mentally fit personnel that make the difference in combat operations.
“These physically and mentally fit personnel are able to endure tough weather and terrain conditions and other stressful harsh battle conditions.
“Physical fitness therefore remains the cornerstone of troops combat readiness as it keeps Service Personnel in top physical state that enable them carryout and achieve assigned tasks.
“On the whole, physical fitness is the basis for service personnel’s good health and physical wellbeing,” he added.
Magashi said the current security challenges confronting the nation were enormous and thus, calls for synergy and cooperation among the three services.
He said that avenues such as sports competition, needed to be continuously created to facilitate mutual interaction amongst troops.
The minister commended the troops for their efforts and sacrifices at tackling the security challenges as well as the DHQ for organising the sports competition.
He charged the participating athletes to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship and strive to put in optimal performance towards winning laurels for their various services.
“Furthermore, let fair play be your watchword as you keep in focus, the objective for the organisation of this sports fiesta.
“I will not end my remarks without assuring you all of the unflinching commitment of the President Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, at ensuring the best of welfare and working conditions for our armed forces personnel.
“He appreciates the huge efforts and great sacrifices you all are making to keep our dear country, Nigeria safe and prosperous,” he added.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, said the event was aimed at strengthening the ties among troops, instilling discipline and readiness to serve a common cause in the armed forces.
Irabor, who was represented by Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, said that friendly sporting competition helps in fostering desired working relationship and promoting synergy among members of the armed forces.
This, according to him, is because fitness of the body and contentment of mind come more readily in the free atmosphere of games.
“More so, sports provide a basis for team work that is needed for troops to be able to function with a cohesion that is often called upon both during peacetime military engagements and combat operations.
“As we all know, warfare is a grueling experience and the ability to advance long distances with full combat gear through rugged terrains and to fight effectively requires strength, agility and stamina from troops.
“This can only be conditioned through sports and effective physical fitness training.
“As such, team sports have been found to provide both physiological and psychological benefits that reduce stress, illness and injuries, especially during operations.
“Accordingly, physical fitness and mental alertness of personnel have become key considerations for the armed forces to meet increasing demands of current and emerging threats,” he said.
Irabor said the military had made giant strides in encouraging personnel and their families to always engage in sports through organised events like half marathon, children sports clinic and various sports championships.
The CDS said the competitions were aimed at promoting synergy and cooperation between the AFN and other security agencies, adding that it had also encouraged troops to build fitness and maintain combat readiness.
He said that several talents discovered from competitions of this nature were representing the country in different international sporting events and recording exploits.
According to him, the Cross Country Team to represent Nigeria in the 58th World Military Cross Country Competition slated to hold at Beja, Portugal in October, would be selected from the Inter-Service Sports Competition.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the competition features male and female athletes from the Army, Navy and the Air Force.
They will compete for laurels in Basketball, Cross-Country, Football, Taekwondo and Volleyball.
The Nigerian Army on Saturday inaugurated a 120,000 litre rural water scheme at Lassa community in Askira Uba Local Government Area of Borno.
Inaugurating the project, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya said that over N56 million was expended on the project as part of the Nigerian Army corporate social responsibility.
Faruk, represented by Maj.-Gen. Martins Kangye, Head of Civil Military Affairs, said the project was facilitated by Maj.-Gen. Monde Ali, Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Infantry (NASI).
He said the gesture was part of the effort to give back to the community, adding that the army would continue to provide social amenities to deserving communities considering their understanding and cooperation to the military.
“The Nigerian Army has been receiving cooperation through information and intelligence gathering from communities, especially in the crisis ravaged areas, hence our resolve to assist such communities,” he said.
He said the army had executed viable community development projects in different parts of the country, and urged the benefitting communities to regard it as a symbol of unity.
The COAS commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment and support to the Armed Forces.
“I wish to also give kudos to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor for his display of professionalism and selfless service which enabled the Armed Forces to succeed in various operations,” he.
Earlier, Maj.-Gen. Ali, said the project would enhance access to safe drinking water in the community, noting that prior to the project people trekked for about seven kilometers in search of water.
He said the project was designed with two overhead tanks of 60 litre-capacity each, four solar powered boreholes, 180 taps and 9.5 kilometres reticulation system.
Also, Alhaji Girema Modu, District Head of Lassa, lauded the gesture, adding that about 20,000 residents of the area would benefit from it.
He urged wealthy individuals and corporate organisations to emulate the gesture towards improving social and economic wellbeing of the people.
Northern Socio-Economic Recovery Team (NSERT), a civil society organisation, has berated the Amalgamated Arewa Youth Groups for accusing the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor of romancing with Niger Delta militants.
NSERT Convener, Yusuf Gidado and its Secretary, Danladi Goni, stated on Tuesday in Abuja that the youth group was also wrong to have accused Irabor of militarising other zones, but the Niger Delta region.
The Arewa Youth Groups made the allegations against Irabor during a protest to NNPC Ltd. The protest was to demand the termination of a pipeline protection contract awarded by the Federal Government to former militant leader, Mr Government Ekpemupolo (Tompolo).
NSERT described the youth group as misguided and ungrateful.
It stated that they were likely being backed by those engaging in illegal bunkering or those benefitting from the security challenges in the northern part of Nigeria.
“As stakeholders who are monitoring developments in our region, we are appalled by those wild and unsubstantiated allegations against the military and the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).
“They should tell Nigerians the linkage between pipeline protection contract awarded by the Ministry of Petroleum and the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
“The CDS since his appointment has visited the Niger Delta several times and intensified the fight against illegal oil bunkering which has saved the country hundreds of billions of naira,’’ NSERT stated.
It noted that the synergy being promoted by the defence chief had ensured that bandits and terrorist groups in the northern region were constantly under fire leading to mass surrender.
It urged the youth group that protested to NNPC to realise that it would take Nigeria decades to recover from banditry and insurgency that had plagued the region.
“We are beginning to think they are being sponsored by those who are angry with on-going successful military operations in the northern region,’’ NSERT stressed.
The Defence Headquarters has announced the arrest of two additional suspects in connection with the June 5 attack on St Francis Catholic Church Owo in Ondo State.
The Director, Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Jimmy Akpor, in a statement on Thursday said the suspects were apprehended at Omialafara (Omulafa), Ose, Ondo State on Tuesday.
Akpor said the arrests were made barely hours after the disclosure of arrest of four of the terrorists behind the arrack by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor.
He said suspects were apprehended through the collaborative effort by military and Department if States Services (DSS) personnel.
According to him, it is instructive to note that Abdulhaleem, alongside other high profile ISWAP commanders, had also previously coordinated attacks on military targets in Okene, Okene Local Government Area in Kogi resulting in casualties.
“Recall that the CDS, during his parley with media executives and editors on Tuesday, informed of the arrest of four terrorists among those who carried out the attack on St Francis Catholic Church, Owo on 5 June. “They were arrested through a combined operation by military and DSS personnel at Eika, Okehi LGA in Kogi State on Aug. 1. “It is the avowed commitment of the leadership of the military, Nigeria Police, DSS and other security agencies to work in synergy to enthrone peace and security all over the country.
“This is due to the need for collaboration as an essential requirement to successfully deal with the existential asymmetric threats currently bedeviling our dear nation, Nigeria,” he said.
Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of five suspected killers of over 40 worshippers at St Francis Catholic Church, Owo on June 5. Akeredolu said this during a courtesy visit to his office by the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ondo State Council, led by the Chairman, Prince Leke Adegbite.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Akeredolu confirmed the arrest shortly after the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, announced the arrest of the masterminds of the attack in Abuja.
The governor further disclosed that the owner of the house where the attackers stayed before the June 5 attack in Owo had also been arrested He noted that government did not spare a moment in trailing the terrorists since the horrendous attack on innocent worshippers.
”Now that the military has announced it, I can tell you that five of them have been arrested now.
They are still on the trail of the rest.
“The home where they lodged in Owo and the person that accommodated them before the attack, has also been arrested.
“We did not spare a moment.
I am happy that the Chief of Defence Staff has announced it.
We have known for a while but we needed not to come out with it because more works are still ongoing.
“I can confirm that this arrest has been made and they are still on the trail of some of them,” he said.
Akeredolu has also called on leaders of the Ebira community in the state to warn the young ones against the bad venture of kidnapping.
The governor said recent reports from kidnap victims in the state have established that some Ebira indigenes are now involved in the unwholesome act.
He noted that the Ebiras have lived together with the people of the state peacefully for several decades, adding that they have always been supportive and hardworking.
“I want to use this medium to urge our brothers to concentrate on their farming trade.
It will be unfortunate to know that the Ebiras in our midst are now involved in kidnapping.
“We are appealing to them not to copy bad thing.
The traders selling by the road side should not become informants.
“We are not fighting them; we have seen their numbers, they supported and voted for us during elections.
I will call their leaders and talk to them.
“Our brothers who were kidnapped on their way to Ikare; talk to them, they were taken to Ebira farmsteads.
“For me, we have lived together for too long for this to happen.
I am ready to make any effort to ensure that the conviviality that we have enjoyed continues.
“But we are begging their leaders to urge them not to copy bad thing.
They are in our midst, we are surrounded by them.
The issue of security is key and it’s dynamic,” he said.
Akeredolu disclosed that aside the recent recruitment and training of new Amotekun personnel, 20 hunters and local vigilantees would be trained by the Amotekun corps in each of the 18 local government areas of the state.
The governor, who thanked the NUJ in the state for the cooperation extended to his administration, assured them of sustained efforts at developing the state.
Earlier, the Chairman of the NUJ, Ondo State Council thanked the governor for his support for the management of Ondo State Radiovision Corporation and Owena Press PLC, adding that the upgrade of facilities in the two state-owned media outfits was commendable.
He equally appreciated the governor for the approval of the Weigh-in allowance for journalists and information officers working in the State and Local government service.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, says the masterminds of the June 5 massacre in Owo, Ondo State have been captured by security operatives.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that no fewer than 40 worshippers were massacred at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, in an incident that jolted Nigeria and the global community.
Speaking at a parley with media executives at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja on Tuesday, Irabo said that the terrorists were captured at different locations across the country.
He said that the suspects, majority of whom were arrested in various communities in Kogi, would be paraded before the public in due course.
“We had wanted to present the suspects to the public immediately but couldn’t because certain investigations are still being carried out,” he said.
He gave his assurance that in due course, the suspects and others who had been involved in some daring attacks in the past few months would be presented to the public.
“Starting with the Owo church attack, it is my pleasure to let you know that we have arrested those behind that dastardly act.
“On Aug. 7, one Idris Ojo (37) was apprehended at Aiyetorosi in Ondo State.
He was one of the high-profile Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) members that escaped from Kuje Prison.
“He was arrested along with one Jimoh Ibrahim, a 39-year-old criminal.
“Ojo was not done with all the criminal activities which he undertook in the past, he was also planning other deadly attacks and he was perfecting those plans along with his cronies before he was captured,” he said.
“Again, on Aug. 4, the military in a combined operation with the Department of State Service (DSS) arrested four terrorists at Eika in Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State.
“Others are Idris Abdulmalik Omeiza, otherwise known as Ibn Malik; Momoh Abubakar, Aliyu Itopa and Auwal Onimisi.
“Now, Omeiza is one of the masterminds of the June 5 Catholic Church attack in Owo as well as the attack on the police station in Adavi also in Kogi State that led to the killing of a policeman as well as weapons being carried away,” the CDS said.
On the Abuja-Kano train attack, Irabor said that although some victims had been released, the military and other security agencies remained committed to ensuring safe rescue of the remaining victims in captivity.
He said the military had intensified both air and ground operations to deal with criminals in all parts of the country, adding that several successes had been recorded in recent times.
Irabo disclosed that based on military air operations, the military on Aug. 6, killed one Alhaji Abdulkareen, a bandits’ leader along with his fighters in Nigeria’s North West. “By the deeds of the surgical air operations that we have conducted, many of the bandits’ leaders have been killed,” he added.
The CDS said the essence of the parley was to solicit understanding and support from the media in the fight against the security challenges bedeviling the nation.
He, however, called for greater cooperation between the military and the media with a view to finding solution to the security challenges and disallow enemies from stoking fears in the minds of the public.
The army chief also urged Nigerians and political leaders to understand the distinction between military operations and politics, adding that the military remained undaunted in ensuring a safe and secured nation.
Earlier, the Director, Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Jimmy Akpor, said the essence of the parley was to build a sustainable trust between the media and members of the armed forces.
Akpor said the meeting was in line with the leadership focus of Irabor toward fostering professional armed forces capable of meeting constitutional imperatives.
The Chief Executive Officer of The Media Today, Mr Charles Odenigbo, said the military and media must be frank and open to each other in ensuring peace and security in the country.
Odenigbo, the facilitator of the event, said that although military operations could not be discussed in the open, there was need to see how the media could fit into the activities of the military.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, says the Defence Headquarters is implementing several new strategies that will bring about an end to various security challenges in the country.
Irabor stated this while delivering a Graduation Lecture for Course 30 of the National Defence College (NDC) on the topic “National Security and Development: Strategic Options for Nigeria’’ on Wednesday in Abuja.
He identified the need to deepen strategic communication, implement a press code for responsible Journalism and pursue proactive security measures to reduce the impact of regional dynamics in the country.
Irabor said there was need to encourage a Whole-of-Society Approach to security by deepening strategic communication to educate the populace on the fact that issues of security are a collective responsibility.
According to him, everybody in the society ought to be a relevant stakeholder.
“Timely information on suspicious movements of strangers in a community might be the main lead to provide the needed early warning for the relevant government agency to swing into action.
“Accordingly, we need to formulate a robust and proactive communication strategy that draws all citizens to the realisation of their roles in protecting the nation while also using the same medium to pre-empt and counter narratives of the insurgents.
“The strategy could also incorporate modalities for the reorientation and practicable re-integration of surrendered insurgents into the society.
“The National Orientation Agency (NOA) needs to be reinvigorated, reorganised and properly funded alongside all other relevant stakeholders in the society.
“This will encourage the populace to have renewed confidence in the government and they will be encouraged to provide relevant information to the relevant government agencies.
“This will enhance national security and development in Nigeria,’’ he said.
On the press code for the media, Irabor said the strategy required the development of guidelines for reporting difficult stories including stories of conflict and terrorism.
According to him, the German Press Code for example, says in reporting actual and threatened acts of violence, the press should carefully weigh the public interest in information against the interest of victims and other people involved.
He said that media should report on such incidents in an independent and authentic way, but not allow itself to be made the tool of criminals.
He urged the Nigerian media to emulate and domesticate the German Press Code as its guiding principle in reportage.
CDS said it had become imperative that Nigeria should constantly keep abreast of the security and development dynamics within her strategic neighbourhood especially in West and Central Africa.
“To this effect, we are working on upgrading the intelligence management procedures of the defence and security sector to strengthen the overall security architecture in the country.
“In addition, the thrust of our foreign policy should also be re-engineered to ensure that Nigeria is actively engaged in the promotion of peace and security within our sphere of influence in West and Central Africa.
“To this effect, the Federal Government through relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), could as a matter of priority, explore available bilateral and multilateral opportunities at our disposal to steer the course of security and development within the countries of interests bearing in mind the realities of the domestic base of our foreign policy,’’ he added.
Irabor said an overview of the plethora of security challenges bedevilling the country indicated the need to consider a review of the strategic approach towards addressing them.
He said the appraisal of the current security architecture revealed concerns with respect to limited divergent approach to tackling the emerging threats, ineffective media management as well as regional security dynamics.
The Commandant of NDC, Rear Adm. Murtala Bashir, said it was the tradition of the college to organise a graduation lecture to commemorate the graduation ceremony of each course.
Bashir said that Nigeria had faced and still facing several security challenges such as terrorism, banditry, militancy secessionist agitation, kidnapping amongst others in recent times.
He said the security challenges were aided in very large measure by illicit arms proliferation and the emergence of cult groupings that engage in banditry, kidnapping, political violence and other mafia-style violent activities.
The situation, he said had impacted negatively on the development in the country with attendant implications for national security, adding that Nigeria currently ranks low in the global rating of Human Development Index.
The commandant said there was need to think out of the box and develop strategies that would enhance security and national development.
He urged the participants of Course 30 to begin to realise that success could only come from carefully cultivated attitudes, commitments and management processes that accrue slowly and steadily.
“Imbibing these attributes, could therefore see you contributing positively to the development of the country.
“It is not too late for us to begin to build these attributes to move our society forward.
“So, I urge you to listen carefully to the lecture and thereafter, self-reflect on how you, your service or your organization can better contribute to society, particularly on the issues surrounding security and development,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the graduation lecture is one of the activities lined up for graduation of NDC’s 30th set of graduates as well as its 30th anniversary celebration.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen.
Lucky Irabor, has reiterated the commitment of the Armed Forces of Nigeria in tackling the prevailing security challenges bedeviling the country.
Irabor gave the assurance at the 40th Anniversary Night of the 32 Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), on Saturday in Abuja.
He commended the members of 32 Regular Course Alumni Association for their services to the nation while in service and after retirement.
The CDS said that the armed forces still need their advice and suggestions to redress the security situation in the ccountry.
“Please keep in mind that you have a part to play and we will be ready to support you in ensuring that whatever information and advice you give to us is put to good use,” Irabor assured.
He urged the retired senior officers to also help educate citizens on the need to support the military as they strive to ensure peace and stability in the country.
“They should know what contributions they need to give to members of the armed forces, the police and security agencies across the country.
“The responsibility of securing the nation lies with everyone of us.
“It is only when information or intelligence is provided regarding those who are living amongst us, but are more of a problem to us, that potent action can be taken,” Irabor said.
The CDS said the retired officers should not relent in the good work they were doing to the country, particularly the military.
“I would like to assure us that the armed forces will not disappoint you and the situation that we find ourselves will be reversed to the good of the nation.
“Everyone of us will be secured; everyone of our properties will be secured and I thought that it’s necessary to bring that reassurance this evening.
“When the heat is on, it’s only an indication that an end has come.
We will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that we redress the insecurity in the country,” he said.
Irabor also commended members of the association for their continuous support to widows of their colleagues who paid the supreme price while serving the nation.
He assured them that the armed forces would also continue to support the families of all fallen heroes.
The outgoing president of the 32nd RC, retired Maj.-Gen.
Iliya Abbah, said the 40th anniversary celebration was to celebrate members and some of their trainers.
Abbah said they were still willing to offer services to the nation even in retirement, adding that they will continue to offer necessary advice to address the security challenges facing the nation.
He appreciated God for keeping them alive and healthy as well as prayed for the repose of their departed colleagues.
Abbah said that the association has continued to take care of the families of their departed colleagues to the best of their ability.
The new president of the association, retired Rear Adm.
Apochi Suleiman, said the anniversary celebration provided them the opportunity to interact and reminisce on their days at the academy as cadets and their time in service.
Suleiman promised to build on the legacy of his predecessors in ensuring adequate welfare of members and families of their deceased colleaugues.
He also expressed their readiness to continue to serve the nation even in retirement.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 32nd RC 40th anniversary celebration started on Friday with Annual General Meeting where the new executives were elected.
They also marked the anniversary with a Special Golf Kitty at the TY Buratai Golf and Country Club on Saturday while their wives visited some orphanages for humanitarian activities.
Unity Advocacy Group (UAG), a non-partisan group has urged Nigerians to support the Nigerian Army’s position that it is not right for citizens to carry arms for self defence.
The Convener of UAG, Mr Ifeanyi Aigbedion made the call in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
The Zamfara state government had in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Ibrahim Dosara, on Saturday directed residents to arm themselves against bandits.
The directive was, however, faulted by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor on Monday.
According to Irabor, the call is not right as the armed forces and other security agencies are combat ready to handle the security challenges.
Aigbedion said the CDS and the military were very much aware of the dangerous consequences of allowing citizens to bear arms.
He said that allowing citizens to carry arms would also affect the success of the 2023 general elections, saying politicians would use the opportunity to arm thugs.
According to him, people may not be aware of the dangers associated with allowing the citizens to bear arms.
“The armed forces of Nigeria are privileged to have all information and we should allow them sort out the security challenges.
“Allowing people to start carrying arms may likely deepen the security challenges and take it to uncontrollable levels.
“The Nigerian military has so far shown capacity in dealing with the security challenges. Politicians should not be allowed to compound the situation,” he said.
Aigbedion also agreed with the position of some lawyers in the country who described the directive by Zamfara state government as unlawful.