President Muhammadu Buhari, has issued a stern warning to the Nigerian Army to stay neutral ahead of the 2023 general election.
Naija News reports that the president directed the force to keep operating within the framework of the constitution to ensure the successful conduct of polls next year.
He gave this directive on Monday at the opening ceremony of the this year’s Chief of Army Staff’s Annual Conference.
The President in a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, called on the Army to keep improving in their human rights duties during operations in line with global best practices.
The president said improved operations by the force and other security agencies would be “the major pathway for winning the hearts and minds of the people.”
President Buhari noted that it’s become imperative that the Army and the armed forces, in general, support the civil authority by providing a peaceful environment to allow its successful conduct during the 2023 general elections.
He was, however, glad that the Chief of Army Staff already gave a reviewed Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct to guide personnel during the 2023 general elections.
He said, “The professionalism you exhibited in the successful conduct of the Anambra, Osun and Ekiti states elections should also be reflected in the 2023 general elections.”