The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-.Gen. Kenneth Minimah, on Sunday in Abuja said the Nigerian Army was set to court-martial more soldiers to check acts of cowardice, indiscipline and sabotage among troops operating in North-East.
The COAS who said this at an Inter-Denominational Church Service to mark the Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2015 (NADECL), explained that court-martial was to try soldiers and officers who ran away during the operation.
Minimah said the court-martial was part of the proactive measures put in place to restore sanity and battle confidence to troops in the war against the Boko Haram insurgency.
He said: “I must set up court-martial and if you are in my place and you did nothing you are not worth being a Chief of Army Staff. I did that, I have no regret.
“I am setting up more court-martial to try people who ran, show cowardice, abandoned troops and equipment and ran away.
“Why are you in the army? Why are you running away? Is that the army we want in Nigeria?’’
According to the COAS, some of the soldiers joined the army not to fight, but to own properties or secure employment, whereas,the oath of allegiance of the military commands that a soldier should fight.
Any soldier who cannot fight for his country, he said, should not exist, as the oath also said that if possible the soldier should lay down his life for his fatherland and that is the oath we all took.
Rev. Father Charles Ireogbu, the Army Chaplain of the Roman Catholic Church, in his remark, urged members of the armed forces to consider God as their weapon of victory and pray always, adding that victory was not possible where there were weapons alone.