A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. AbdulRaheem Olajide Jimoh has called on the Federal Government to query the immediate past Chief of Defence staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh (retd.), over his recent comments on the fight against insurgency in the country.
Hon. Jimoh, who disclosed this in a statement over the weekend by his media office in Lagos, stated that the statement credited to the immediate past chief of defence staff could demoralise other military personnel.
Jimoh, who is representing Lagos Mainland Federal Constituency in the House, said; “Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh’s comment was a distractive statement and it could demoralise other military personnel in the country.
“He should be careful and watchful. I want to advise President Mohammadu Buhari to invite him and query him accordingly. Why is it that he is making such comments after his retirement. It is rather unfortunate and it’s not good for the country’s military personnel,” he said.
Jimoh stated further that it is not expected of a person who has just retired from the military to be making such unguarded statements at this time.
He then advised other military personnel, particularly those in top hierarchy, to be careful of what they say in public.
“If Alex Badeh has anything to say at all as the immediate past Chief of Defence Staff, he ought to have discussed it personally with President Muhammadu Buhari and advise him accordingly.
“This is the same person that criticized the Governor of Borno state when he said last year that the military was under-equipped and under-utilized. Why is he now telling us stories after his retirement,” the lawmaker said.
It would be recalled that Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh (retd) said during his passing out parade that some Nigerian governments acceded to the demands of some foreign countries to reduce the size of the nation’s military and deprived the nation’s defence forces of the requisite funding and size.