The defence headquarters has warned that it would take appropriate action against any person who takes actions capable of demoralising or discouraging its troops by preventing them from obeying lawful orders and commands.
The military’s reaction is contained in a statement signed by defence spokesman, Chris Olukolade, and came in apparent reaction to Monday’s protest by some wives of military officers at Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri, Borno State.
The women in their dozens assembled at the entrance to the barracks where they stated that their husbands were being deployed to fight against the Boko Haram insurgents without proper weapons, thereby putting their lives at risk.
Their position, they said become necessary to secure their homes from calamity and suffering, in view of the fact that the army has suffered huge loss of its men in recent times and the families of those fallen officers have not received any form of assistance from the government.
But Olukolade said that contrary to their belief, the Army remained sensitive to the needs of the family members, while also assuring that “no officer, soldier or unit would be tasked without the necessary means to accomplish their task.”
The military, however, noted that “it was not normal or proper for any officer or soldier to decide where he or she be deployed”, adding that “neither will such demand be encouraged from spouses in a period of serious operation when the entire nation was depending on the Army to address the security challenges.”