The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, has directed his men to abstain from human rights violations while going about their duties.
This is as he warned them against taking laws into their hands in any given circumstance, adding that such an act could bring disrepute to the service.
Speaking during the 2023 First Quarter Route March of the service on Saturday, Gambo said there was a need to have a smooth relationship with the citizens.
According to him, without having a harmonious relationship with the populace, their duty to the country is meaningless.
He said,” I enjoin you all to keep the flag flying by diligently performing your duties while maintaining utmost regard for human rights. I urge you to continue to be law-abiding citizens and at the same time stress the need to maintain a cordial and improved relationship with our civilian populace and relevant stakeholders.
“This is more so, that your duty to defend the territorial integrity of our fatherland will be meaningless if the Nigerian populace is not enjoying a harmonious relationship with the Armed Forces. Similarly, we can only be proud if their safety and well-being are assured as law-abiding citizens.
On this note, I enjoin you to be more professional in the conduct of your duties and day-to-day activities. Furthermore, I encourage you not to engage in any acts of misdemeanour or take laws into your hands that could bring the Service disrepute in the course of your duty. “
Gambo also urged personnel to remain apolitical in the forthcoming elections and obey constituted authorities.
He said,” Similarly, I wish to remind you all that the political activities in the country for the forthcoming general election have reached a climax hence, I urge you to maintain neutrality and be apolitical.
“The Nigerian Navy will continue to support you by providing all the needs to function optimally in the area of your responsibilities. Additionally, I charge you all to show dedication to duty and unflinching support for our democracy and constituted authority. ”