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FG, Jonathan disagree on proposed S’West, S’South military operations

The Federal Government and former President Goodluck Jonathan have disagreed on the planned military operation in the South -South and the South -West codenamed Operation Crocodile Smile .

Jonathan, who spoke on Tuesday, believed it was an anomaly for soldiers to be deployed for internal security , a responsibility that is meant for the police, saying the deployment of troops internally was to intimidate the citizens.

But the Minister of Information and Culture , Lai Mohammed, countered the former President, arguing that under the past administration , headed by Jonathan, soldiers were deployed in Onitsha, where 16 persons were reportedly killed .

Jonathan criticised his successor, President Muhammadu Buhari , for planning to extend the military show of force to the South -South and the South -West.

Jonathan said this in a Facebook post on Tuesday which was signed on his behalf by his aide, Reno Omokri.

Jonathan stated, “ However, we want to advise the Buhari administration , which has announced plans to extend the military show of force to the South -South and the South -West through Operation Crocodile Smile , to thread with caution .

“ Nigeria is no longer under military rule . In a democracy, you separate the military from the police. The military is not meant to fight criminality within a nation because they are trained to fight a nation’ s external enemies.

“ It is the police that are trained to fight crime internally. When the military starts doing the job of the police and starts fighting or doing what they call a ‘ show of force ’ , the effect will not be to reduce crime . The effect will be to intimidate people . ”

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