- The Nigerian Army has dissociated itself from the viral picture of some of its officials doing the 4 + 4 sign in support of President Buhari's re-election
- The Army has also promised to investigate and sanction the four soldiers in the picture
- The investigation is to ascertain the source and authenticity of the pictures and the "soldiers' involved
The Nigerian Army on Wednesday, February 20, reacted to a viral picture of four of its officials endorsing the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, by doing the party's 4 + 4 campaign sign.
The Army dissociates itself from the picture and promised to investigate and sanction the erring officers if they are found guilty of being partisan.
In a statement signed by its acting public relation officer, Colonel Sagir Musa, the Army said it's Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has made clear that Army personnel will remain neutral.
The statement reads: "The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a picture of four armed men dressed in what looks like military camouflage in a 4 x 4 finger sign supposedly connoting a campaign symbol of a political party which is against the rules and regulations of the Nigeria Army.
"The Nigeria Army wishes to dissociate itself from the picture even as it has commenced immediate investigation with the view to ascertain the source and authenticity of the pictures and the soldiers' involved. If the outcome of the investigation confirm this to be true, appropriate sanctions would be provided. Nigeria Army of today under the command of Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai do not condone or encourage indiscipline and any form of professional misconduct.
"On many occasions, the Chief of Army Staff has made it strongly clear that Army personnel will remain neutral, totally apolitical and will not compromise its constitutional roles under any guise."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that LT Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai 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.
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