President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a warning to the Nigerian Armed Forces to desist from acts of human rights violation.
The President also issued a threat that any personnel of the force found wanting in this direction would be severely dealt with under his administration.
In a statement signed by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Shehu Garba, the President further affirmed his government’s resolve to the rule of law.
According to the statement, President Buhari while addressing officers, troops and newly-commissioned cadets at the Nigerian Defence Academy on Saturday in Kaduna, argued that the rule of law applied to the Armed Forces as much as any other institution in the country.
Buhari also expressed the determination of his government to over the rules of engagement so that disciplinary measures could be taken against proven human rights violation by the armed forces.
According to the President, “I wish to remind you of the Federal Government’s commitment to overhaul the rules of engagement and improve operational and legal mechanisms so that disciplinary steps are taken against proven human rights violations by the armed forces.
“We are committed to a thorough investigation of recent and any future occurrences of human rights violations by elements of our Armed Forces.
“While I applaud the integrity and sterling record of the Armed Forces as an institution, this administration will insist on the rule of law, and deal with any proven cases of deviation from laws of armed conflict, including human rights abuses.
“In operational conduct, Nigerians expect our Armed Forces to keep law and order, and not to behave like bullies.
“Let me reiterate this administration’s commitment to due process, merit and total observance of the rule of law as central pillars of a prosperous and democratic society.