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Buratai warns military officers against political inteference

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•Says politicians trying to compromise officers 
…Jude Johnson

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Nigerian Army, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai,  has  warned military officers to desist from hobnobbing with politicians.
 
This is coming against the backdrop of state of uncertainty in the nation’s leadership following the departure of President Muhammadu Buhari for medical vacation in the United Kingdom (UK).
 
Buratai in a statement on Tuesday  by the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR ), Brig-Gen. Sani Usman, said he “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. 
 “He also reminded them that Nigerian Army is a thorough professional, disciplined, loyal and apolitical institution that has clear Constitutional roles and responsibilities,” the statement read.   

The Army Chief further  warned and advised all officers and soldiers interested in politics, to resign their  commission or apply for voluntary discharge  forthwith. 

He said 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 has further  reiterated that the Nigerian Army will remain apolitical and respect the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the statement concluded. 

Nigeria has had history of military coups since its independence from Britain in 1960 including four bloody coups and counter-coups in January 1966, July 1966, 1976 and 1990.

 The West African powerhouse has also had a leadership impasse during the time of its late President Umaru Yar’Adua due to protracted illness while in office making the citizens to be on edge with President Buhari’s health status.


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