Chief of Army Staff Lt.Gen Tukur Buratai on Wednesday bluntly told officers and soldiers whose loyalty to the Nigerian state is still in doubt to resign by Friday, 22 February 2019.
The army chief who gave this order during a meeting with army commanders at the Army Headquarters in Abuja gave disloyal soldiers up till Friday to resign.
”Should any officer or soldier have doubts as to his loyalty to the Nigerian State as presently constituted, such a person has up to 22 February 2019 to resign. There is no room for indiscipline or disobedience to lawful orders in the NA today,” Buratai told the officers gathered.
”I want to remind all here present that 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. Such actions can also become more damaging when they are widespread, leading to destruction of lives and properties.
”Incidences of this nature in previous elections are often planned and orchestrated by politicians and the NA has hitherto been very cautious in its approach. However, this time around the NA will adopt a proactive posture that ensures that similar incidences do not even arise. Accordingly, in addition to my earlier directives to you in the last Operations Conference, I wish to lay emphasis on the following actions that all commanders are to abide by:
C”ommanders must deal decisively with any electoral crime or action that would be inimical to National Security.
”Commanders are to ensure that they and their personnel do not hobnob with politicians at any level. In this regard, there will be no military escort for any politician and all NA personnel are to stay clear of retired military officers especially those who are now politicians until after the elections.
”Commanders are to conduct extensive patrols within their AORs. They must ensure that all flash points within the area are dominated,” he added.