The Coalition of Lawyers Against Terrorism has condemned attack on the image of the military by one Idris Ahmed of the Coalition for Peace and Security.
The coalition said it has concluded plans to sue Ahmed and CUPS for tarnishing the image of the Nigerian military on the new media.
The lawyers said Idris Ahmed and his cohorts have been using Facebook, Newsrescue and the social media platforms to attack the hard-fighting military, a plot which they have vowed to fight within the legal space until justice is done.
According to the group, rising from a meeting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, it noted with satisfaction that the military had sustained the momentum against Boko Haram insurgents/terrorists in the North East of Nigeria even though there remains the sporadic attacks attempted by the terrorists.
Adedotun Akintola-Idowu, chairman and Moses Toro, Secretary in a statement jointly signed after the meeting, cited that recent directives from President Muhammadu Buhari for the military to be more brutal with insurgents and bandits that are attempting to make life difficult for Nigerians through their criminality provides additional cover for the military services to be more decisive in weeding out the criminals and insurgents from the country.
“The meeting concluded that contrary to popular insinuations that the military is at war with Boko Haram, it is Nigeria including all men of goodwill that are at war with Boko Haram and not the military alone. Any attack on the military is therefore a fight for all Nigerians to fight to the finish and not to be left to the military alone. It is on this note that the Coalition of Lawyers Against Terrorism resolved to take decisive actions to protect the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians only”.
It added, “The coalition resolved to explore legal option to compel Facebook, Twitter, NewsRescue and others to stop making themselves available for use as channels for promoting terrorists’ propaganda.
“The coalition urges the three arms of the federal government to play their part in dealing with the proliferation of terrorists’ activities online in view of the dangers posed to the country”.