Nigerian Army remains apolitical – Brig-Gen Nwachukwu



By Chimezie Godfrey

Nigerian Army has reiterated its remain apolitical and to perform its constitutional role in support of lead agency during elections in country.

In a statement signed by Director Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, Army decried desperation of conflict merchants to discredit its constitutional role of aiding civil authority to provide internal security when called upon to do so.

Brig-Gen Nwachukwu lamented fact that already there is a video making round in Social media alleging that soldiers were escorting buses filled with fake voters into Anambra State.

He therefore reiterated commitment of Nigerian Army to remain apolitical and to support INEC and other relevant agencies during elections.

He said,” Nigerian Army (NA) has noted again desperation of conflict merchants to discredit its constitutional role of aiding civil authority to provide internal security when called upon to do so. mischief makers, using the social media, shared a video alleging that soldiers were escorting buses filled with fake voters into Anambra State.

“Even though such despicable propaganda images can easily be punctured by any keen observer, however for sake of posterity, we wish to state without any equivocation, that no soldier of Nigerian Army indulged in escort of fake voters into Anambra State.

“Contrary to misleading information, buses in question were conveying INEC permanent and adhoc staff for election tasks in Anambra State. The Federal Ministry of Information and Culture has corroborated this position. We therefore urge the general public to please disregard the report, as it is clearly a misinformation.

“Our duty in state at this time is purely security-related and in support of the Nigeria Police, which is the lead security agency in the security architecture of electioneering. This is done in collaboration with other security agencies, to ensure a safe and secure atmosphere for peaceful conduct of elections.

“Our troops are guided by extant provisions of Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) Personnel Code of Conduct during elections and the provisions of Armed Forces Act CAP A20 LFN 2004. We shall continue to operate along these lines to ensure that peace and security reign in our country.

“We will remain apolitical and very professional in deeds and conduct for the growth and development of democracy in Nigeria.

“We also encourage the political gladiators to refrain from dragging the Nigerian Army and indeed the Armed Forces of Nigeria into the murky waters of politics.”

Brig-Gen Nwachukwu assured all Nigerians that the Nigerian Army remains resolute in carrying out her constitutional duties.

He urged the good people of Anambra state not to panic, as he sincerely appreciated them for being law abiding and for supporting the joint security agencies, who are toiling relentlessly to ensure peace and security in the state.