- The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has assured Nigerians that no violence would be allowed during the 2023 election
- Yahaya gave the assurance at the closing of the Chief of Army Staff First Quarter Conference 2022 on Thursday, March 17
- According to him, the army would continue to provide a conducive and secured environment for the conduct of the general elections
Daily Trust reports that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya made this known on Thursday, March 17, at the closing of the Chief of Army Staff First Quarter Conference 2022 in Abuja.
According to Yahaya, the army through Operation Safe Conduct would continue to provide a conducive and secured environment for the conduct of the elections.
The army boss called on military personnel to remain professional and apolitical as they carry out their duties of maintaining peace and security in aid of civil authority across the country, News Agency of Nigeria adds.
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Yahaya speaking further also charged them to continue to uphold human rights principles in the conduct of operations in tandem with the constitution and rules of engagement.
“This is particularly important as the activities outlined in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) calendar gathers steam.
“In line with our constitutional responsibilities, we will continue to provide conducive and secured environment for the conduct of the general elections through Operation Safe Conduct in aid to civil authority.”
2023: INEC releases election campaign dates as Tinubu, Atiku, others eye presidency
In a previous report by Legit.ng, Nigeria’s electoral body announced campaign dates ahead of the 2023 general elections.
According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), September 28, 2023, has been slated for the presidential and National Assembly elections.
INEC in its schedule allows governorship and state houses of assembly candidates to commence their campaign on October 12, 2022.
2023 election: Preparation for polls underway as INEC releases fresh list
Meanwhile, INEC on Tuesday, March 1, released a list of new voters. The list released by the electoral body has since been handed over to all registered political parties in the country.
The national commissioner and chairman, information and voter registration, Festus Okoye, made the disclosure in Abuja at the end of INEC's management meeting.
Okoye noted that in line with the provisions of Section 10(3) of the Electoral Act, the commission has made the list available to the parties.