Elections: Buratai hailed over order to troops
The Coalition for Democracy and Good Governance has hailed the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai and the Nigerian Army over responsiveness to protecting Nigeria’s democracy and the sovereignty of the country.
The group, at a Press briefing in Abuja on Thursday also called for continuous loyalty among troops to constituted authority before, during and after the elections.
Emmanuel Itodo, the Executive Director of the group, said since the directive for the military to ruthlessly deal with ballot snatchers, it observed that the Nigerian Army has risen to the occasion.
According to him, “Such calls condemning President Buhari’s directive came from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who even went to the absurd extent of asking the Army to disregard the directive was totally unacceptable to close watchers of events around the county.
“This is sad as it betrays the desperation of Atiku who now wants the country to be set ablaze since it has become clear that he is likely to come a distant third in the election.
“We wonder how he would react to the military disregarding his orders if he were the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.”
Earlier, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, had asked the Army to disregard the President.
But the group disagreed with Ortom, saying it is still the army that is saving the State from various violent attacks.
He said, “The people he (Ortom) armed under the guise of being herdsmen had unleashed attacks on the state and it took the intervention of the Army to curtail them.
“One can only wonder what the outcome would have been if the Army had gone with his request not to shoot at anyone, even those that are carrying weapons just as would be ballot box snatchers will do.
“In view of the fact that the Army is a key institution in preventing ballot box snatching and averting a descent into chaos for the country, it will come under sustained attack aimed at intimidating its ranks and leadership to capitulate and become politicized.
“Nigerians must consequently be prepared to resist the attempt to destroy key institutions of the country by supporting the Army in its determination to protect the sovereignty of the country and to remain subordinated to constituted authority without any iota of disloyalty.
The commendable arrests of troublemakers commissioned by dubious politicians to cause confusion must be sustained. The Army should not be deterred by the lies being told by those claiming that it is clamping down on the opposition.
“What is required of it is to maintain its apolitical stance by ensuring that anyone that foments trouble is made accountable for their actions.”