Ensuring Precision in Military Operations
In the aftermath of the regrettable incident in Tudun Biri community, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, where unmanned drones of the Nigerian Army mistakenly targeted civilians, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has asserted a commitment to a more cautious approach. This pledge comes after the loss of 81 lives and injuries to 70 individuals during the unintended aerial bombardment.
DHQ’s Commitment to Precision
Major Gen Edward Buba, the Director of Defence Media Operations, assured the public that moving forward, the military would exercise utmost caution and ensure 100 percent certainty before initiating any bombings. Gen Buba emphasized that the Armed Forces of Nigeria would adhere strictly to rules of engagement, promising that operations would remain joint and learning from each unfortunate incident.
Addressing allegations that the bombing was an intentional effort to reduce the population of the North, Gen Buba dismissed such claims, affirming the professionalism and diversity within the armed forces. He urged unity, emphasizing that the entire nation is at war against common adversaries, and collective efforts are crucial for success.
CAN’s Plea for Enhanced Surveillance
In response to the incident, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) expressed its condolences and called for improved surveillance technology and intelligent devices for the armed forces. Archbishop Daniel Okoh, the President of CAN, stressed the need for enhanced capabilities to distinguish between threats and civilians, thereby minimizing collateral damage.
CAN further urged all interest groups to refrain from exploiting the tragedy for personal gain and emphasized the importance of supporting affected communities. The organization expressed solidarity with the Federal Government’s fight against terrorism and called for prioritizing the safety of the populace.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s Condemnation and Call for Investigation
The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, condemned the accidental bombing, deeming it unfortunate. Dr. Alex Ogbonnia, the National Publicity Secretary, called for President Tinubu to initiate a thorough investigation into the incident. Ohanaeze insisted that those found negligent should face legal consequences for their actions.
US Advocates AI Deployment
The United States government, through the Bureau of Arms Control, Deterrence, and Stability, recommended the deployment of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to reduce accidental bombings. Paul Dean, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, highlighted the potential of AI to enhance precision, efficiency, and decision-making within military operations. The US government emphasized responsible AI use to align with international humanitarian law.
Tinubu’s Assurance of Accountability
President Bola Tinubu, represented by Vice President Kashim Shattima, expressed deep concern over the incident and vowed to hold accountable anyone found responsible. Tinubu affirmed the Federal Government’s commitment to combating banditry in the region. He assured the people of Kaduna that measures would be taken to protect and preserve national interests, including rebuilding the affected community under the Fulako Initiative.
Fulako Initiative: Rebuilding and Compensation
Vice President Shattima revealed plans for the Federal Government to rebuild Tudun Biri village in Kaduna State. The Pullako Initiative, set to commence next month, encompasses a comprehensive package including houses, clinics, schools, veterinary clinics, empowerment initiatives, and solar energy. This initiative serves as compensation for the destruction caused by the drone misfire.
In conclusion, the Kaduna error underscores the critical need for precision in military operations. The commitment of the Defence Headquarters, coupled with calls for enhanced technology and international cooperation, reflects a collective determination to prevent such tragic incidents in the future. As investigations unfold and accountability measures are implemented, the nation looks forward to a safer and more secure environment.