Rivers CSOs write Chief of Army Staff over 2019 polls

Rivers CSOs write Chief of Army Staff over 2019 polls

- A coalition of civil society organisations in Rivers state have written to the Chief of Army Staff over elections in the state

- The organisations commended the Nigerian Army over the conduct of soldiers deployed in Rivers for the 2019 election

- According to the organisations, there was a near-zero electoral violence and killings during and after the last exercise

Some civil society organisations in Rivers state have written to the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, over the conduct of Army personnel officers in the state.

The CSOs said Nigeria's gallant troops stood to defend its democracy and integrity by successfully thwarting malicious intent of the opposition to rig election in the state.

In a letter addressed to Buratai, the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) domiciled in Rivers state said there was a near-zero electoral violence and killings during and after the last exercise.

The letter signed by the convener, Tamuno George, said the organisations were even more impressed by the Army's resoluteness "in the face of pressure and conspiracy by Governor Nyesom Wike".

George said the CSOs were moved into this open appreciation of the leadership of the Army because the 2019 general elections were scary for electorates in Rivers state, Niger Delta region and the entire country.

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He said the organisations expected that Nigeria would come out of it unhurt as it is today.

George said: “Sir, and for the first time, we saw and utilized the Army’s Situation Room under your leadership, which monitored and promptly responded to insecurity alarms from Nigerians in all parts of the country."

“We applaud the good conduct of the Nigerian troops particularly in Rivers State, where a vicious Gov. Nyesom Ezenwa Wike who was so desperate for reelection by hook or crook, blackmailed, intimidated and undermined the Army with his executive might.

“But God intervened by exposing the innocence of the Nigerian Army under your command by leaking the secret deals designed against your troops in Rivers state. The “UK Matters Most,” group’s protest in far away London explained it all," George noted.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Army pushed back against allegations that it engaged in partisan interference during the 2019 general elections.

Buratai, stated that the military was involved in the elections in a supporting role for the police.

Legit.ng notes that Buratai further kicked back against the term, ‘militarisation’; stating that people were using the word without defining it.

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