By Milcah Tanimu
Amid escalating insecurity challenges, General Christopher Musa, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), has reaffirmed the military’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding the lives and property of all Nigerians, regardless of their tribe or religion. He emphasized that the military is nonpartisan and apolitical, and it is dedicated to preserving the country’s territorial integrity from external threats.
During a familiarization visit to the leadership of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs at the National Mosque in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, General Musa highlighted the importance of strengthening the relationship between the Nigerian armed forces and religious leaders across the nation.
He reiterated, “The Military remains committed to protecting the lives and property of Nigerians irrespective of tribe or religion,” underscoring the military’s impartial stance.
General Musa also urged religious leaders to use their influential positions to promote peace and unity, which are essential for the socio-economic development of the country. He emphasized that only through peace and unity can progress be achieved in all aspects of Nigerian life.
In response, Sheikh Professor Ibrahim Ahmad Maqari, the Chief Imam of the Central Mosque, and other attending Imams expressed their gratitude to the Chief of Defence Staff for his visit. They assured him that they, as religious leaders, are dedicated to advocating for peace and unity in their sermons and would continue to pray for peace in the country.
The visit and dialogue between the military and religious leaders aim to foster cooperation and understanding in addressing the security challenges facing Nigeria.