Insecurity: I have no respect for the leadership of the Armed Forces as presently constituted – FFK replies military after they condemned him for calling for the resignation of all service chiefs

Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation, has responded to the Defense Headquarters’ statement denouncing him for asking for the dismissal of the Service chiefs and charging them of being ineffective in the performance of their jobs.

On Friday, July 8, FFK issued a video criticizing the unrest in Nigeria. The former minister claimed in the film that the military was aware of an anticipated attack on Kuje jail and the railway between Abuja and Kaduna. He claimed that despite the Department of State Security’s DSS tip, the military did nothing. Additionally, he said that military personnel had left Kuje prison ahead to the incident.

In its response, the Military said FFK’s claims were laughable. The military also dismissed claims that it withdrew soldiers from Kuje prison hours before the attack. It described FFK as a ”Rabble Rouser” attempting to create friction between the DSS and the Military.

In his response shared today July 10, FFK said he has the right to criticise the military when the need arises. He pointed out that he has no respect for the leadership of the Armed Forces as presently constituted. He said that he is disgusted by their poor performance and utterly ashamed of their shameless impunity.

FFK added that if the military wants his respect, then they should do better.

”If you do not want to be criticised then work harder. If you do not want people to demand for your sacking or resignation then do your job and stop seeking to intimidate, attack, discredit or undermine those that criticise you.”he said

Read the full text of his statement below…


I read the response from the Defence Headquarters of Nigeria (dated 9. 7. 2022) to my video about the insecurity in the country and the attack on Kuje prison and I was utterly amused.

Given the gravity and seriousness of the deteriorating security situation in our country I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read through it.

I would advise strongly that the military High Command and Defence Headquarters spends it’s time facing up to and fighting the terrorists that have turned our nation into a functional killing field and horrendous bloodbath and abattoir over the last few years and attempt to carry out their constitutional role of protecting us from enemies within and without rather than trying to engage me in a press war or cow me into silence.

They mentioned my so-called “antecedents” so let me say this: if they knew anything about my real antecedents they will appreciate the fact that attempting to threaten or intimidate me into not pointing out and exposing their abysmal failures can never work.

For the record I have nothing but respect and admiration for the ordinary rank and file and junior and middle rank officers of our Armed Forces who have sacrificed so much, including their lives, and who continue to do so even without the necessary backing and support that they need and deserve from the

present Military High Command.

Many of them have fought hard and died on the front line of battle in the most gallant way despite the difficult circumstances they have found themselves in and the uninspiring and poor logistical and moral support they have been offered by their senior colleagues.

Worse still thousands of our civilians have been kidnapped, butchered and subjected to the most horrendous acts of evil and violence by the numerous terrorist organisations that have invaded and plagued our land.

All this yet we are supposed to sit by idly and clap for our military field and operational commanders when things are clearly going wrong?

Call it “rabble rousing” if you like (as they did in their press statement) but the overwhelming majority of Nigerians are appalled and disgusted with the degree to which our security situation has degenerated and are demanding that the Military High Command either goes or does far better.

Their glaring and embarrassing failures are as repugnant to them as it is to me.

Nigerians are also utterly disgusted at the disdain and contempt with which they carry out their duties and their utter insensitivity to the plight of their own soldiers and the concerns of our people.

They speak of my so-called “ignorance” but is there anything more ignorant than attempting to compel a civilian not to criticise the leadership of the Armed Forces of his country where and when they have failed woefully in their duties and obligations?

We criticised, risked all, suffered to no end and fought military rule for 7 long years when their predecessors in office and very senior colleagues annuled the June 12th election and held power from 1993 till 1999 but now that they have left office and we are in a civilian dispensation they believe we dare not or cannot legitimately criticise them when they get it wrong?

Such delusion and self-serving, self-seeking and vain fantasies beggar belief.

The truth is that I have no business with any serving military officer but rather with the serving Minister of Defence who though a civilian like me, you must report to under the constitution.

As a former Minister myself and out of respect for his office and person, I will formally and privately raise my concerns and the issue of what I consider to be your glaring incompetence and lack of patriotism and professionalism with him.

I will also give him my recommendations.

This is the best that I can do in the circumstances and that way I would have at least satisfied my conscience and be able to sleep at night.

It is left to him and President Muhammadu Buhari, our President and your Commander in Chief, to exercise their discretion and do what they want with it.

They can either take the necessary action or not.

Either way I have NO respect for the leadership of the Armed Forces as presently constitutued and neither am I compelled to do so by decency, morality, the constitution or the law.

The truth is that I am disgusted by their poor performance and utterly ashamed of their shameless impunity.

A citizen complains about the fact that our people are being killed and instead of showing remorse for the dereliction of their duty they are spending their time issuing puerile, infantile and meaningless press statements and trying to rationalise their recurrent and consistent failures.

If you want our respect then do please better. If you do not want to be criticised then work harder.

If you do not want people to demand for your sacking or resignation then do your job and stop seeking to intimidate, attack, discredit or undermine those that criticise you.

I am not an enemy of the military but rather a true friend who is candid and courageous enough to speak the bitter and plain truth even where others dare not.

I am merely saying what millions are thinking and know.

Again I am merely a concerned citizen who is genuinely worried about the way things are going in our country when it comes to security and other matters.

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