5 December 2012

Nigeria: Jaji Bombings - JNI Faults Removal of Military Officers

The umbrella Muslim organisation in the North, the Jama'atu Nasril Islam (JNI) yesterday criticised the military authorities for removing the Commandant of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna State, Air Vice Marshal Abdullahi Kure, and the Corps Commander, Infantry, Jaji, Major Gen. Muhammad D. Isa, over the recent twin-bomb blasts that rocked the military cantonment.

The group in a statement signed by its Secretary General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, in Kaduna, wondered why Kure and Isa, who are both Muslims, would be removed and replaced with non-Muslims before proper investigations into the matter were conducted.

"While reiterating our condemnation of the blasts and emphasising the need for the immediate thorough investigations into the matter, we want to state that the immediate removal of the two officers does not speak well of the military who are hitherto known to be careful and objective in dealing with sensitive issues of national interest," Aliyu stated.

The JNI recalled that during the attack on the Headquarters of the 1 Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army in Kaduna, early in the year, no one was posted out and wondered why this one was different.

"We cannot comprehend why the use of two different approaches to addressing the same issue. Nigerians may not understand why would the two Jaji officers be removed in connection to the blasts even before any proper investigation, while no immediate posting out could follow the bombings at the 1 Mechanised Division and the Police Headquarters which preceded it.

"The fact that the two officers who were swiftly removed were Muslims, and were replaced by two officers who are non-Muslims makes any discerning observer to be suspicious of the motives behind the whole exercise.

"It is our sincere concern to which we make bold to state, that any attempt at politicising the issue of security in Nigeria will not only worsen our security situation but will also continue to polarise the military family and the entire security system along religious and ethnic divides, something that would not augur well for the future of our dear nation.

"Rush decision of serious issues of this magnitude even before the committee charged with the investigation of the incidents did not submit its report lives much to be desired," the statement added.

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