Federal Government of Nigeria on Tuesday commended the courage of fortitude of leaders from various parts of the country who have spoken publicly against the abduction of 273 girls from the Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State by the Boko Haram terrorists.
Addressing the press at the National Orientation Agency headquarters in Abuja, Major General Chris Olukolade who led members of the National Information Committee comprising of Ministry of Defence, Police, Directorate of State Security, NOA and others also frowned at the one-sided advocacy by members of the civil rights community in Nigeria, which seem to portray security personnel as aliens.
The committee enjoined both Christians and Muslims to desist from making utterances that will further lead to polarisation of the polity.
“We appeal to the leadership of Christians and Muslims in the country to prevail on their members to desist from making inflammatory utterances that will portray the current crisis as religious”.
It was also revealed that the military deserter, Sodique Ogwuche who was declared wanted in connection with the first Nyanya bombing has been declared wanted by the International Police (Interpol).
“Interpol has issued a red alert on Sadique Ogwuche at the instance of Nigeria. This is an international warrant of arrest in all the 199 countries which are members of the Interpol”.
Explaining further, Marylyn Ogar of the DSS explained that when it was revealed that Ogwuche was the mastermind of the bombing, his father who took his bail in 2012 when he was arrested was not able to present him.
Upon investigation, it was said that the man had escaped to Sudan, she told reporters.
Ogar expressed unhappiness that pressures from the media and human rights activists have led to the release of suspected terrorists in the past who are now unleashing further terror on innocent Nigerians.
According to her, more than 20 operatives lost their lives in difference incidents in the country last year but neither the media nor human rights activists have shown concern on about the plight of the families they left behind as to whether entitlements had been paid.
She appealed to Nigerians to encourage members of the military and security agencies who are daily putting their lives at stake for the safety of ordinary citizens.