Army Debunks Detaining Soldier Over Conversion, preaching

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By Kasim Isa Muhammad

The Nigerian Army has refuted claims that Lance Corporal Musa Adamu was detained due to his conversion from Islam to Christianity and preaching the gospel.

According to the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Adamu’s detention is a result of his violation of certain provisions of the Armed Forces Act, not his religious beliefs.

He said the soldier was assigned to the 63 Brigade for an ongoing operation, but he was found preaching in uniform on a social media platform, which is in violation of the Armed Forces’ extant Social Media policy.

He added that instead of cooperating with the investigation, Adamu absconded for approximately six and a half months, leading to his classification as “Absence Without Official Leave” (AWOL).

“This status is declared if a personnel member is absent from their unit for seven days without justification.”

The Nigerian Army assereted that it promotes the spiritual well-being of its personnel and has designated clergy within the Directorates of Chaplain Services (Protestant), (Roman Catholic), and Islamic Affairs to cater to the religious needs of all personnel in the theatres of operation and within the barracks.

It also stated that if Adamu wanted to change his religion, the Army would have allowed him to do so, and the allegation of victimization based on faith is unfounded.

The Army, however, reaffirmed its commitment to upholding ethics, traditions, and military laws, which apply to all personnel regardless of their religious beliefs, while adding that any violations of these rules will be met with appropriate sanctions.

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