Friday, 4 January 2019

We've no business in the coming general polls - Nigerian Army warns officers

Major General Abubakar Sadiq Maikobi, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 82 division in the Nigerian Army, on Thursday, January 3, warned soldiers to remain non-partisan in the coming general polls, Vanguard reports.

 We've no business in the coming general polls - Nigerian Army warns officers

Maikobi who recently resumed in Enugu as the new GOC of 82 Division, Nigerian Army gave the instruction in Onitsha as he addressed officers and men of 302 artillery regiment, general support in Onitsha, Anambra.

He said that soldiers do not belong to any political party and therefore, should remain neutral throughout the elections. Maikobi who was received by Colonel Yakubu Bwala, who is the commander of the 302 artillery regiment general support in Onitsha also warned soldiers against indulging in illegal duties stressing that anybody caught would be sacked and made to face the wrath of the law. The GOC said: “The major duty of the soldiers now is the general election and in that election, your main duty is to protect lives and property of the people.

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“We should pray that God will take over the security situation of the country. Our major duty and concern now is the general elections. We must remain neutral.”

It was reported that the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) in a statement issued by its first spokesman, Ikenga Ugochinyere, on Thursday, January 3, claimed that the Buhari-led federal government was planning to deploy military personnel across the Nigeria ahead of the elections.

The statement read in part: “The Coalition of United Political Parties has raised alarm over the unholy collaboration between the Presidency, the ruling APC and the leadership of the Nigerian security forces to rig the 2019 Presidential elections, announce fake results and deploy lethal force to quell the expected popular resistance. "This has come to light with the unprecedented move of the Nigerian Army to put the entire country on military lock down from 28th December, 2018 to 28th February, 2019 in a manoeuvre termed Operation Python Dance III."

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