Buratai on early morning route march exercise

Buratai on early morning route march exercise

With few hours to the general elections, the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai was spotted on an early morning route march exercise with troops.

The Nigerian Army shared photos of Buratai with the caption "leading the charge".

The Army chief had on Wednesday, February 20, warned that those seeking to undermine the 2019 general elections would be treated as enemies of Nigeria.

Speaking during a meeting with principal staff officers, general officers commanding and directors at the Army Headquarters, Abuja, Buratai gave officers and men of the Nigerian Army with doubtful loyalty to the federal government Friday deadline to resign from the service.

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."

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party has cautioned Buratai to s avoid actions that will suggest the military is not apolitical ahead of the 2019 general elections.

In a statement sent to Legit.ng by its spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan, on Wednesday, February 20, the opposition party said President Buhari's order for the army to participate in the electoral process is an aberration of Nigerian laws and a recipe for crisis.

The PDP counseled President Buhari and Gen. Buratai, to end their rationalizing of military option, stressing that the courts have previously ruled that soldiers are not needed to guarantee peaceful elections.

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Source: Legit.ng

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