The Army Chief, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, has warned officers of the Nigerian Army to steer clear of politics and political issues.
The Army Chief, in a statement issued through the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. General. Sani Usman, gave the warning after reports surfaced online that some civilians are approaching officers of the Nigerian Military and soldiers for undisclosed political reasons and warned soldiers to steer clear of political matters or resign if they wish to pursue a future in politics.
“This is to inform the public that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Nigerian Army, Lieutenant General TY Buratai, has received information that some individuals have been approaching some officers and soldiers for undisclosed political reasons. On the basis of that, he has warned such persons to desist from these acts.
“He also reminded them that Nigerian Army is a thorough professional, disciplined, loyal and apolitical institution that has clear Constitutional roles and responsibilities. Therefore, he seriously warned and advised all officers and soldiers interested in politics, to resign their commission or apply for voluntary discharge forthwith.
“Any officer or soldier of Nigerian Army found to be hobnobbing with such elements or engaged in unprofessional conducts such as politicking would have himself or herself to blame.
“The COAS has further reiterated that the Nigerian Army will remain apolitical and respect the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Thank you for your kind cooperation.”