In a heartfelt plea, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Musa, has urged Nigerians not to hastily judge the military, following a recent accidental drone attack in Kaduna State.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), the military chief emphasized that the incident was an unfortunate mistake, not a deliberate act.
“The incident wasn’t on purpose. We are meant to protect Nigerians and cannot be seen killing them,” Musa reassured, emphasizing the military’s commitment to ending insecurity in the nation.
Despite this assurance, a group of Northern lawyers has declared their intention to take legal action against the federal government, while the House of Representatives vows to oversee the investigation into the incident.
Expressing deep regret for the unfortunate event, General Musa highlighted the military’s dedication to safeguarding human lives, affirming that troops would never intentionally harm law-abiding citizens.
Moreover, he called on Nigerians to support the military and other security agencies in their efforts to address security challenges, especially that of Kaduna bombing.
During an interview at the Chief of Defence Staff Armed Forces and Security Agencies Half Marathon Championship 2023 in Abuja, General Musa reiterated the military’s commitment to preventing such mistakes in the future.
“We pray for the repose of those who have died and those who are injured. We will make sure that they are provided for,” he stated, thanking Nigerians for their understanding and support.
Assuring the public that every measure would be taken to avoid a recurrence, Musa expressed gratitude for the ongoing support and love from Nigerians.
“We want to restore peace and tranquility in Nigeria, and God willing, all of us together will achieve that,” he concluded.