By Augustine Osayande
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Nigerian Army, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai has warned Officers of the Nigerian Army to stay clear from politics. This was disclosed in a press statement signed by the Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman on Tuesday.
The Army Spokesman said the Chief of Army Staff gave the warning after receiving information that some individuals have been approaching some officers and soldiers for undisclosed political reasons. “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,” Usman said.
He said the Chief of Army Staff also reminded the officers that the Nigerian Army is a thorough profession, 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,” Usman added.
The Army spokesman further stated that 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 further reiterated that the Nigerian Army will remain apolitical and respect the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,”Usman said.