The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, on Thursday, said Nigerians are free to agitate for whatever they desire but warned that the military will crush any resort to violence by secession agitators.
General Irabor, who stated this during a meeting with retired military officers from the South-East geopolitical zone in Owerri, the Imo State capital on Thursday, added that the military has no business with anyone acting within the ambits of the law.
He said: “It is not the job of the military to stop anyone from agitating for whatever he so wishes. It is a political thing. It is their constitutional rights
“But what we are against is having to use the instrument of violence to bring about the agitation. And the military will clamp down on such people.
“We have a constitution that enables us to present whatever grievances that we have. So, if anyone is going outside the provisions of the Constitution, of course, we as a military and other security agencies won’t allow that. Why do you have to kill to achieve your desires?”
The CDS also warned that anybody or group that attempt to use violence against the country will be resisted.
“That we will not allow. Again, there are provisions for anyone who believes that he has certain desires within the confines of the arrangement as enshrined in the constitution to ventilate such views.
“So, this is the reason we think that violence is not the way to go. We are appealing to everyone to seek the course of rule of law to bring about whatever his agitations are,” Irabor said.