- Things are likely to get tense around Nigeria as the 2023 general elections approach amid preparations for them
- This was the warning of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya when he addressed leaders of formations in the force in Rivers state on Wednesday, June 8
- COAS Yahaya predicted that some thugs are likely to be employed by desperate politicians to achieve their selfish desires
Port Harcourt, Rivers - Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya has made some predictions that are most likely to emanate from the Nigerian political arena.
During a three-day second senior command and leadership seminar held in Rivers state on Wednesday, June 8, COAS Yahaya noted that things will get very tense in the Nigerian political landscape as preparations for the elections begin, Daily Trust reports.
Categorically, the NA's boss predicted that activities like thuggery and hate speeches will be embarked upon by some politicians who are desperate to secure their interests.
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“Engagement of political thugs; use of hate speeches and other inimical activities by desperate politicians and their supporters will likely instigate a more fragile security situation in the coming days."
Army personnel must act within the ambit of the law
Yahaya, therefore, warned soldiers and heads of formations in the force to remain neutral and act within the ambit of the law in discharging their duties.
He urged troops to abide by the rule of engagement and code of conduct for the coming 2023 elections.
“I charge commanders at all levels to ensure that troops under command are adequately enlightened on the need to be apolitical and eschew all political vices.
“To this end, all army personnel must act within the ambit of the law; the provisions of the extant rule of engagement and code of conduct for the elections in 2023."
However, according to him, the Nigerian Army will employ a superior system of operation to put together and use the potential of all security stakeholders soon.
Nigerian Army reacts to gruesome murder of Army couple by IPOB, ESN militant
The Nigerian Army had condemned the killing of two of its officers, Audu M Linus (retired) and Gloria Matthew, by members of the outlaw group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and the Eastern Security Network (ESN), Legit.ng reported.
This was made known in a statement issued on Tuesday, May 3, by the Army spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu via the official Facebook page of the Nigerian Army.
According to the statement, the Nigerian Army described the killing as gruesome, barbaric, and despicable.