- The role of the Nigerian Army during the just concluded elections has been described as professional and apolitical by a security analyst
- According to Oladimeji Odeyemi, if there was no military intervention during election, the process would not have been successful
- Odeyemi also described the call for the removal of COAS Tukur Buratai as unpatriotic
A security analyst and a counter-terrorism expert, Oladimeji Odeyemi, has described the role played by the Nigerian Army during the last general election as professional, expedient and invaluable.
Odeyemi, the convener of the Coalition of Civil Society Groups Against Terrorism in Nigeria, said the military should be praised for providing a backup security for the police during the polls in preventing gross breaches of order during the conduct.
Speaking with Daily Independent as a follow-up reaction to the role played by the army in Rivers election, the counter terrorism expert said soldiers "displayed an apolitical stance throughout the entire process."
According to him, the present crop of the military leadership as constituted is the best thing that could have ever happened to this nation at this point in time.
He said: "The question of the military being partisan does not in any way arise because of the professional display of their attitude before, during and after the 2019 electoral process.
"They gave the process the credibility needed to adjudge it as a free and fair election. The carnage the nation would have witnessed was curbed by the presence of the military in most states of the federation.
"The role of our military, especially the Nigerian Army, before and during the electioneering process can be described as a timely intervention because the military helped to maintain the integrity of the process."
Odeyemi said the military was mostly drafted in times of extreme hostilities and they played a backup role to the police and other sister security agencies.
He added that the role of the military was invaluable and commendable as they conducted themselves professionally.
Asked if the calls for the removal of chief of army staff, General Tukur Buratai, is justifiable considering the lingering attacks of Boko Haram in the north region, Odeyemi described the calls as unpatriotic championed by disgruntled elements within the nation and some foreign collaborators.
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According to him, the call for the removal of Buratai is a misplaced priority because the military boss remained the best for the job.
He said: "General Buratai is the best man for the job now. With the present situation in the country, the call for removal or replacement of the chief of army staff is misplaced."
Meanwhile, Tukur Buratai had earlier charged commanders to always carry along sister security agencies in addressing challenges in their areas of responsibility.
Legit.ng reported that Buratai gave the charge on Monday, April 8, in Bauchi after he inaugurated 16 blocks of 10 flats each for soldiers at the Armoured Barracks in the state.
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