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Politicians now approaching soldiers, Army chief Buratai discloses



Politicians now approaching soldiers, Army chief Buratai discloses

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has warned soldiers and officers of the Nigerian Army interested in politics to resign their commission or apply for voluntary discharge from the military.

This warning became necessary, after it was discovered that some individuals have been approaching some officers and soldiers for undisclosed political reasons.

Buratai who issued the warning in a statement signed by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman, said he “has received information that some individuals have been approaching some officers and soldiers for undisclosed political reasons”, and on “the basis of that, he has warned such persons to desist from these acts”.

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Buratai also reminded all in combed “that Nigerian Army is a thorough professional, disciplined, loyal and apolitical institution that has clear Constitutional roles and responsibilities”.

According to him, “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”, the statement read.


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  1. Agbor Chris

    May 17, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Buratai should start taking actions from this moment. Sending warnings won’t help, by the time the politicians successfully brainwash the soldiers to planning coup, it won’t be easy to curb anymore

    • Animashaun Ayodeji

      May 17, 2017 at 8:44 am

      As long as Buratai is still in charge, no one dares plan any coup against this government, they will all fail and face the wrath of the law. The soldiers are there to secure the country, they have no training in ruling, they were all trained to fight

    • Balarabe musa

      May 17, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Sure, he will demote most of them

  2. Anita Kingsley

    May 17, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Our politicians are so desperate to make Buhari’s government ungovernable, why will they be lobbying around soldiers, they don’t have the same ideology and their fields are very different. I trust Nigerian soldiers, they are very loyal to their course, no politician can lure them into anything unconstitutional

  3. yanju omotodun

    May 17, 2017 at 9:30 am

    It’s been long since politicians have been using soldiers, the case of ekiti is still fresh in our memory, most soldiers belong to one political party or the other and they have bastardise the military institutions

    • seyi jelili

      May 17, 2017 at 10:18 am

      The case of ekiti just die down just like that, and Burutai never said anything about that. Soldiers are used in election to scare people during election.

  4. Iyaro

    May 18, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    What ever the reason politician are approaching the military we don,t care let them bring it on….is it not coup? There are lot of coup going on in the country every now and then…..the chibok girls coup, 2015 general election coup just name it

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