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2023: You must remain apolitical, army chief tells commanders

  Faruk Yahaya, the chief of army staff, has urged commanding officers to remain apolitical in the discharge of their duties.   Speaking...

 

Faruk Yahaya, the chief of army staff, has urged commanding officers to remain apolitical in the discharge of their duties.

 

Speaking at the closing session of the 2022 chief of army staff third quarter conference on Friday in Abuja, Yahaya said commanders should remain committed, more so that the 2023 electioneering would soon commence.

 

He said commanders should ensure that troops conduct themselves within the set standards throughout the electioneering period.

 

“I want to enjoin all formation and unit commanders on the need to be vigilant and aware of all situation through constant monitoring and ensuring proactive solution to situations,” he said.

 

 “Commanders are equally reminded on the need to emplace stringent measures to maintain efficient security of arms and ammunition.

 

“Additionally directive on the reviewed Nigerian Army Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct for Operation Safe Conduct should be adhered to strictly by all during the electioneering period.

 

“Thus, commanders must ensure that subordinates are educated on the guidelines provided in the document.

 

“Commanders must also ensure the professional conduct of troops and resist any distraction and attempt by misguided elements to disrepute the image of the Nigerian Army.

 

“All must remain professional and apolitical in conduct all through Op Safe Conduct.”

 

The chief said the army, within the ambit of rule of law, would continue to ensure that all peace-loving citizens go about their legitimate businesses and live their lives without fear or intimidation.

 

He said the conference was in line with his resolve to maintain constant interaction with commanders in the field to collectively appreciate their efforts in the ongoing operations across the country.

 

He added that it was an opportunity to appraise all army activities and restrategise towards achieving the goal of discharging their constitutional responsibilities.


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