Kaduna bombing: Coalition condoles families, decries call for CDS, COAS’ sack 


A coalition of non-governmental organisations, led by the Global Peace and Life Rescue Initiative (GOPRI) has commiserated with the families, people and government of Kaduna state over the Sunday night mistaken bombing of innocent civilians in the Tudun Biri area of Igabi LGA of the state.

The group, which said it received the news of the development in Kaduna with serious pain, appealed to residents to believe in the ability of the nation’s Armed Forces to enthrone a secured Nigeria for the betterment of all citizens.

While expressing its heartfelt condolences to the families, people, and government of the state, the group however took a swipe at the call for the resignation or sack of the Chief of Defence Staff and the Chief of Army Staff by a northern-based group operating as Arewa Action Group for Good Governance.

It said noted that the military drone was in hot pursuit of some terrorists that infiltrated some communities in the area before the unfortunate incident happened.

Recall that the Arewa group had on Tuesday alleged that the action of the troops has cast a shadow on the human rights rating of the Nigerian Army.

The group, in a statement signed by Moses Saleh, accused the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Gwabin Musa of conniving with the Nigerian Army to cause havoc in communities in Kaduna state.

The group said the Chief of Defence Staff sanctioned the action of the Nigerian Army without the involvement of the Nigerian Air Force, the service responsible for air operations.

But in its reaction to the allegation, the GOPRI-led coalition expressed disappointment at the claim by the northern group, even as it said such a group was not in existence anywhere in Nigeria or beyond.

In a statement, Wednesday, the coalition called on the military chiefs not to be deterred in their relentless efforts to rid Nigeria of terrorists, following the actions of some faceless individuals masquerading under some non-existing groups.

In the statement signed by GOPRI executive director, Amb. Melvin Ejeh, and convener of Conference of Islamic Preachers in Africa (CIPA), Sheikh Mohammad Abubakar Zango, the coalition commended President Bola Tinubu on the high-powered delegation dispatched to the community for immediate assessment of the situation.

The group, which said it does not speak for the military, noted that the Nigerian military remains one of the best in the world, adding that this current mistake should not be a yardstick to attack the nation’s revered military who are making sacrifices and achieving monumental results daily.

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