Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has warned politicians to desist from wearing military uniforms and accoutrements for electioneering campaign posters or face prosecution.
In a statement signed by Air Commodore Wap Maigida, Acting Director Defence Information on Thursday, the DHQ expressed its dismay that some politicians have formed the habit of wearing military uniform for election campaign purposes and warned that the act is illegal.
The DHQ said any politicians who
“The campaign posters of some Governors, dressed in military camouflage uniforms, are displayed in noticeable areas in their respective states. This is manifestly illegal and an abuse of the privilege of allowing civilians wear military uniforms during military training exercises,” the statement said.
“It is necessary to restate that the Armed Forces of Nigeria, as a professional institution, remains apolitical and, as such, would not want to be dragged into any form of political bias.
“Accordingly, it is important to advise politicians and others to desist from the use of military uniforms and accoutrements for political events and other engagements henceforth. Please note, anyone found culpable in this regard would be liable to prosecution,” the statement added.