May 28, 2024

2023 Election: Army Chief cautions, charges officers to remain apolitical

The Chief of Operations Army, Major General Olufemi Akinjobi has explained the crucial role of the Nigerian Army in the successful conduct of the 2023 general election.

General Akinjobi stated this during a sensitisation lecture on Operation Safe Conduct 2023 to Commanders of 2 Division in Ibadan today 3rd February 2023 with the theme: “Introspection of Past Experiences and Efforts at Improving Nigerian Army Support to Operation Safe Conduct 2023”.

The Chief of Operations Army, while cautioning the personnel to remain apolitical, pointed out that, though every election comes with its challenges, the Nigerian Army must be ready to face the challenge of anything that could jeopardize the process.

He enjoined the various commanders to increase their collaboration with stakeholders for a successful conduct of the elections.

Gen Akinjobin tasked commanders to conduct exercises and operations to place formations in appropriate mode, as well as ensure adequate sensitisation of troops on the Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement during Operation Safe Conduct 2023.

In his remarks, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Mohammed Usman charged the various commanders to ensure a free and conducive environment for the electorates to cast their votes in the forthcoming elections without any hindrance.

He implored the commanders to fashion out a workable strategy in the proper identification of security personnel on election duties in their Area of Responsibilities.

The sensitisation lecture was well attended by all formations and unit commanders in 2 Division Area of Responsibility.

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