The Chief of Defence Staff, General Chris Musa, has described last Sunday’s incident where military drone strike killed 120 worshippers in Tudun Biri community in Kaduna State as a mistake.
He said this on Saturday at the graduation of the Senior Executive Course, SEC 45 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru, in Jos.
Recall that the military mistakenly killed scores of villagers in drone strikes during a religious festival in Kaduna State.
Following the two airstrikes, about 120 people died while no fewer than 68 others, mostly women and children, sustained various degrees of injuries
While commenting on the unfortunate incident, the army chief warned Nigerians against using it to demoralise troops focused on combating all forms of insecurity in the country.
”The incident in Kaduna is, indeed, unfortunate and regrettable; it was a mistake and not a deliberate act.
”The incident wasn’t on purpose; we are meant to protect Nigerians and cannot be seen killing them.
”And so, I want to appeal to Nigerians not to use this incident to demoralise our troops, because we are determined to end all forms of insecurity currently confronting our nation,” Musa said.
The CDS expressed the commitment of the military toward protecting the sanctity of human lives, adding that troops would never attack law abiding citizens.
He further appealed to Nigerians to pray and support the military and other security agencies in their bid to rid the nation of all forms of security challenges.