The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen Tukur Buratai has charged Commanders and all Nigerian Army personnel to remain apolitical, professional and responsive to all security challenges throughout the 2019 election process.
The directive was given in a meeting by General Officer Commanding the 82 Division Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Kabuk with his Formations and Units Commanders, Deputy Directors and Principal Staff Officers on Thursday
According to a statement by the Deputy Director, Public Relations, 82 division, Col. Sagir Musain, the meeting was held in line with Buratai’s directive to GOCs, Formations and Units Commanders to review and fine-tune their Operations Contingency Plan towards ensuring Free, Fair and Credible 2019 General Elections and other sundry security challenges across the Nation, especially in the Division’s Area of Responsibility (AOR).
Major General Kabuk stated that the COAS has given clear directives to the GOCs to pass on to Formations and Units Commanders especially as it relates to the Nigerian Army (NA) preparations and eventual conduct of the 2019 General Elections in their respective AORs.
According to him “The directives given by the COAS clearly explained how we should conduct ourselves during the 2019 Elections Period. He has directed that Commanders and indeed all NA personnel must remain apolitical, professional and responsive to all security challenges”.
Therefore, towards achieving the COAS directives, he has further ordered that all Formations Commanders to immediately review their Contingency Plan towards ensuring Free, Fair and Credible 2019 General Elections which is the desire of the President, Commander in Chief.
The GOC further emphasized the disposition of the Division, which is in obedience to the COAS directive, – that there must be constant collaboration and synergy with other security agencies within the 82 Division AOR to ensure security, safety of lives and property of law abiding citizens in the South East Zone and indeed in any other part of the Division’s AOR.
He said, “this posture should dominate the professional temperament of all Commanders and NA personnel in the Division, before, during and after the Yuletide, New Year and most importantly during the 2019 General Elections”.
Similarly, as part of the COAS instruction, the GOC, during the meeting ordered that all operations must be led by the appropriate security agencies to be effectively supported by the NA where necessary.
He warned miscreants/hoodlums and other trouble makers to change their ways or face the consequences of their criminal activities.
The statement continued, “Members of the public are hereby enjoined to cooperate with the Nigerian Army and indeed all other security agencies in our concerted efforts to ensure effective provision of security in the entire region and any other area within 82 Division AOR.
“The public are further urged to report any suspicious movement of persons, items or any other things of security interest to the nearest security location for necessary action.
“The Division wishes to assure all law abiding citizens of Nigeria in the South East Zone of the safety of their lives and property devoid of any form of harassment or molestation before, during and after the Yuletide, New Year and the oncoming General Elections.”