- Lt Gen Tukur Buratai says the Army will treat those seeking to undermine the 2019 general elections as enemies of Nigeria
- According to the Army chief, electoral thuggery, snatching of ballot boxes, illegal possession of elections materials etc are intended to mar an election and create avenues for post-election violence
- Buratai called for collaboration between commanders, stakeholders, interest groups and agencies in order to avert any act intended to undermine the democratic process
Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai, chief of Army staff, has stated that those seeking to undermine the 2019 general elections would be treated as enemies of Nigeria.
The Army chief made the comment on Wednesday, February 20, during a meeting with principal staff officers, general officers commanding and directors at the Army Headquarters, Abuja, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng gathers that he said: “The unity of Nigeria is not negotiable; hence those who seek to undermine our democracy by interfering in our electoral process must be seen as enemies of Nigeria and dealt with appropriately.
“The act of electoral thuggery, snatching of ballot boxes, illegal possession of elections materials and similar crimes are intended to mar an election and create deliberate avenues for post-election violence and mayhem.
“Such actions can also become more damaging when they are widespread, leading to destruction of lives and property."
Buratai said in previous elections, the Army had been very cautious in its approach as incidences of this nature were planned and orchestrated by politicians; but that things would be different this time around.
He said: “However, this time around, the Army will adopt a proactive posture that ensures that similar incidences do not even arise.”
The Army chief called for collaboration between commanders, stakeholders, interest groups and agencies in order to avert any act by any individual, groups or entities seeking to undermine the democratic process.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Army condemned a statement attributed to the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, asking the soldiers to disregard President Buhari’s directive in the forthcoming elections.
The chief of Army staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, who said Atiku’s statement was most unfortunate, stated that he was in the highest level of government in the country before.
Buratai said the military in general is meant to obey the orders of the Commander-In-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces to the letter.
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