Nigerians need military training-rights group advocates

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Rights group advocates military training for Nigerians

Human Rights Writers? Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), an NGO, on Tuesday advocated a compulsory military training for all citizens as a permanent and most effective way of preserving Nigeria?s territorial integrity.

This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja and signed by the National Coordinator of the Association, Emmanuel Onwubiko.

It said that the introduction of compulsory military training for the citizens would inculcate genuine patriotic love for Nigeria and make it impossible for insurgents to carry out attack in the country.

“Compulsory military training will help to energise and equip Nigerians with the requisite combat skills to protect their right to life as enshrined in chapter four of the 1999 Constitution (as amended),” it said.

The statement advised the Federal Government to convert the National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) into obligatory one year military training and service.

“This will enable the government to use the facilities and training camps of the NYSC as appropriate facilities for the implementation of the compulsory military training for all healthy Nigerians.

“We believe that a better and more sustainable approach to reducing the large-scale slaughter by armed non-state actors is the commencement of compulsory military training.”

According to the statement, the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria supports such suggestion.

“Great nations such as the State of Israel are reaping abundantly from the benefit of compulsory military training for all her citizenry.

“ Section 220 (1) of the Constitution provides that `the Federation shall establish and maintain adequate facilities for carrying into effect any Act of the National Assembly providing for compulsory military training or military service for citizens of Nigeria.

“Sub-section 2 provides that `until an Act of the National Assembly is made in that behalf, the President may maintain adequate facilities in any secondary or post-secondary educational institution in Nigeria for giving military training in any such institution which desires to have the training?.

The rights group appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to activate mechanism to enforce the provisions of the constitution which allowed for compulsory military training.

The statement added that the call became necessary to ensure that government checked  the “ugly trend of mass slaughter by machete/gun bearing hoodlums”.

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