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Politicians under security watch over Buratai’s alarm

Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai warned officers against politics to save the nation’s democracy, The Nation learnt yesterday.

The alarm is believed to have followed an intelligence report that some politicians, who were uncomfortable with the health of President Muhammadu Buhari, were infiltrating the military.

There were no details of such infiltration in the statement, which warned officers not to hobnob with politicians.

The recent postings in the Army may have been part of the measures put in place to protect the nation’s democracy against shocks and threats, a source said.

Buratai also cautioned the unnamed politicians, who are said to have been placed under surveillance by security agencies, not to influence soldiers.

According to the source, who spoke in confidence, Gen. Buratai was disturbed that the ongoing professionalisation of the military might suffer a major setback if politicians were allowed to “infiltrate the system”.
The Nation, May 19, 2017



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