Tears of the Future (4) — Letter to COAS and the Entire Nigeria Armed Forces
Dear sir, many lovers of Hollywood Action, Thrillers, Blockbusters and Fictitious movies would agree that the American movie industry makes them love and accord profound respect for the American Armed Forces.
I know a number of your men, including you, must have seen the 1985 movie ‘Commando’, one of the greatest Hollywood productions starring the one-time Californian Governor and Chairman of President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Arnold Schwarzenegger. He stunned the big screen with his muscular body and a deep military sense of service.
American veterans indeed are some of the most respected citizens of the country, they enjoy respectful greetings, free services, invites for meals and job security, especially in private security companies.
The way the American population treats her soldiers, whether in service or not, is enviable. They are greeted with a popular clause ‘Thank you for your service’. The love these military men enjoy is touching and extremely palpable.
Sadly, the Nigerian Military is not enjoying such love and respect. This is not because our Nollywood producers are not projecting their sacrifices enough or celebrating them enough on the big screen. Our military personnel, especially the Nigerian Army, are the root cause of the problem.
They make it a national duty to forge fear for the green uniform as much as possible. They treat citizens like dirt and animals meant for torture or slaughter, the news is everywhere on the internet.
If you move through the streets of the country to ask people what they think about the Nigerian Army, the predominant theme of their testimonies would be fear, not love and respect.
Enough is enough! We want to love you, not dread you! We do not want encounters with you to haunt us for generations, we want them to be lovely memories.
In the year 2021, I tried to extend love to a convoy of military men I saw travelling through Jos to Bauchi, they greeted me with much disdain and suspicion. After saying that I only came to thank them for their service, they grudgingly responded.
An experience with the green uniform is almost always hostile and damning. Some people are in the military for the sole purpose of tormenting the population with the uniform and rifle. This should change!
The Military governors of the past did not imagine such a relationship with the citizens of a country they bled and died for.
This military treatment is a form of tears in the future they imagined! Sir, please change the narrative! Our movies and comedies project this fear, even though Nigerians want to respect and love you all!
The citizens are not your target practices! Tell this to all who wear the green uniform and fight for the green and white flag!