As Police warns against “No gree for anybody,” Military joins slang usage

As the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) warns citizens against the usage of a trending slang in the country, the Defense Headquarters (DHQ) has joined citizens in using it.

The phrase, “No gree for anybody,” is a pidgin slang essentially encouraging the resistance of intimidation or being bullied by opponents.

As the year began, Nigerians, including celebrities, adopted the use of the expression but police spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi, citing intelligence report, during a press briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, warned that it was capable of causing anarchy.

Mr Adejobi said although the catchphrase is being seen as “normal talk”, those in the security community view it as a “dangerous” slogan.

“And let me say again on this note that the new slogan, which is ‘No gree for anybody’, we have been informed from our intelligence unit that this slogan is coming from a revolutionary sector that will likely cause problems for the country,” he said.

“No gree for anybody has been seen as normal talk, but in the security business and the security community, we have seen it as a very dangerous slogan that can trigger crises.”

No gree for terrorists

Two days after the police warning, the Nigerian military joined the train, urging citizens to resist attempts by terrorists to sack them from their homes.

This charge came from the Director of Defence Media Operations Major General Edward Buba during the DHQ’s bi-weekly media briefing in Abuja on Thursday, saying the military would act on tipoffs from Nigerians.

“This year 2024, I urge citizens of this country to see security as a collective responsibility of all. Therefore, no gree for terrorists, and no gree for perpetrators of insecurity. You see something, you say something and we assure them of doing something, ” Mr Buba said.

“The aim of our ongoing operations remains unchanged and clear even in the new year 2024. We aim to find and destroy the terrorist wherever they may be hiding to ensure their enduring defeat. This would deny the terrorist the ability to terrorize or hurt citizens across the country.

“Our operations indicate that we are hunting the terrorist commanders and their senior leadership. Indeed, from their topmost leadership to the lowest commanders are dead men walking and we will stop at nothing until they are dead or surrender.”