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2023: Stay away from politicians, be vigilant, Army Chief cautions troops

By Emmanuel Obisue

Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, has warned troops of the Nigerian Army to stay away from politicians and resist every temptation to undermine the image of the service.

The army chief also charged commanders of the various army operations in the country to be vigilant and put in place stringent measures to maintain efficient security of arms and ammunition.

Gen. Yahaya who gave the charge at the closing of the Chief of Army Staff third quarter conference in Abuja over the weekend, said the warning became necessary, especially with the 2023 general elections around the corner.

He said the directive on the reviewed Nigerian Army Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct for Operation SAFE CONDUCT during the elections should be adhered to strictly before, during and after the elections.

“I want to enjoin all formation and unit commanders on the need to be vigilant, aware of all situation through constant monitoring and ensuring proactive solution to situations.

“Commanders are equally reminded on the need to emplace stringent measures to maintain efficient security of arms and ammunition.

“Additionally, the directive on the reviewed Nigerian Army Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct for Operation SAFE CONDUCT should be adhered to strictly by all during the electioneering period. Thus, commanders must ensure that subordinates are educated on the guidelines provided in the document.

“Commanders must also ensure the professional conduct of troops and resist any distraction and attempt by misguided elements to disrepute the image of the Nigerian Army. All must remain professional and apolitical in conduct all through Op SAFE CONDUCT,” the army chief emphasized.

He further warned elements fueling crisis in the country, stating that: “I strongly advise them to retrace their steps as the Nigerian Army, within the ambit of rule of law, will continue to ensure that all peace-loving citizens of this country go about their legitimate businesses and live their lives without fear or intimidation.

“I wish to inform the public that the Nigerian Army would continue to work closely with other security agencies to provide peaceful environment”.

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