FG Warn #BringBackOurGirls Campaigners, Says it will not Tolerate their “Subversive Tendencies”
The Federal Government said Tuesday that it has done considerably well to ensure the release of over 200 Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted over six months ago.
The government told this to the #BringBackOurGirls group who on Tuesday attempted to meet President Goodluck Jonathan, but was stopped for a second time.
Nigerian government further warned that it will not tolerate “subversive” tendencies of campaigners calling for increased effort.
This was part of the address by the Director General of the National Orientation Agency, Mike Omeri to mark 180 days since the abduction of the girls.
In the address, the government subtly accused the #BringBackOurGirls group of inciting the public against the government.
“The efforts at inciting the populace against the government and her agencies is, to say the least, very unfortunate. It is necessary to caution those involved that there is a clear difference between credible civil agitation and subversive preoccupations,” Mr. Omeri said.
The government listed as parts of its achievement in trying to rescue the girls the setting up of a fact-finding committee, conducting surveillance and partnering with foreign allies including the United States and the United Kingdom.
In his address, Mr. Omeri accused the BringBackOurGirls group of politicising the campaign for the release of the girls.
“In the current situation, the emphasis should be on the genuine concerns of the citizens as opposed to political considerations as is evident in the current agitations,” he said.
He said Nigerians must understand that “every attack on the government by unpatriotic members of the public, invariably, emboldens the resolve of the insurgents,”
Omeri said since the kidnap of the girls nearly 180 days ago, about 2,000 persons -including military and security personnel, as well as innocent civilians and foreigners- have lost their lives to the activities of the insurgents.
He said this has really given the government worry since the security threat of further abductions and terrorism is still ever present.
Mr. Omeri said contrary to insinuations, the government is willing to provide credible information on the anti-terror campaign, arguing however, that operational reality does not permit unbridled disclosure of operational plans and strategy, including a day-by-day account of troops’ movement, engagement and deployment of hardware, as some agitators have continue to advocate.
He said the Nigerian armed forces and the security agencies have developed an extensive rescue plan and tactical operational methodology embedded within the on-going military efforts in the northeast.
“In order words, the rescue of the girls is, no doubt, an integral part of the larger government effort to safeguard the territorial integrity of the Nigeria which the armed forces must be allowed to prosecute logically, in line with well-known and established tradition,” he said.
“It should be clearly understood that government is, as much, concerned with protecting the totality of Nigerians,” he said.
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