NIGERIA: Church Hails Recall of Dismissed Soldiers

LAGOS SEPTEMBER 18, 2015(CISA)- Director of Social Communications in the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Monsignor Gabriel Osu has lauded the decision of the Nigerian military to recall 3,032 soldiers dismissed by the previous military authorities.

He described the decision by the military to recall the dismissed soldiers as “a morale booster that would encourage troops fighting the insurgents in the North Eastern part of the country to do their best.”

“We thank God. At least, they have allowed reason to go beyond military style because these guys would have just faced firing squad for nothing,” Msgr Osu told the Catholic News Agency of Nigeria September 17.

“If you don’t equip your soldiers, you don’t train them well, you don’t pay them well, don’t expect anything different from whatever has happened,” he added.

He noted that with adequate backing and arms supply, the soldiers will fight well and they will do their best to crush the insurgents.”

The reinstated soldiers were dismissed from the army last year for their alleged indiscipline during the defunct Operation Zaman Lafiya against Boko Haram militants.

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