The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-general Tukur Buratai, has lambasted international organisations threatening Nigerian military officers with a travel ban.
Buratai made this known on Monday after a meeting with Army commanders in Abuja over the #EndSARS protest and incidents of arson happening across the country.
He said: “Criminal elements are threatening us with travel ban but we are not worried because we must remain in this country to make it better.
“The first time I travelled outside of this country, I was already 50 years and a General, so I don’t mind if I live the rest of my life here,” he said.
Buratai warned that the military will not allow any agent in or outside Nigeria cause lawlessness while maintaining that “subversive elements, detractors and other enemies of Nigeria” will not be allowed to achieve “their aims and objectives of destabilisation”.
“These individuals, groups and other undesirable elements have hijacked the peaceful #EndSARS protest marches resulting to widespread violence, acts of wanton destruction and looting of public and private properties in many parts of the country. These acts led to the imposition of curfew in several states of the federation.”
The army chief maintained that the Army has continued to exercise restraint, apply the principles of internal security operations and fully abide by internationally recognised rules of engagement.
Buratai said the Army’s standard operating procedures for internal security operations were “derived from international human rights laws and are in accordance with the international principles guiding the use of force”.