Nigeria Decides 2015: Nigerian Army explains its role during elections

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – For those preparing to instigate violence during or after Saturday’s presidential and federal parliamentary elections in Nigeria, Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Kenneth Minimah has warned that his troops are ready with “a well thought-out response.”

Speaking at a media briefing here Wednesday, Minimah also explained the role of the Nigerian Army in Nigeria’s electoral process.

“The question of providing security during the polls calls for clarification even though is uncomplicated," he said, clarifying the issue of military participation in the elections following a ruling by a Lagos High Court that the Army do not have a role to play during the elections.

"Soldiers have been participating in assisting other security agencies during previous elections in the country, they do not carry election materials nor are they stationed at the polling booths," Minimah said.

"I will appeal to law abiding Nigerians to come out en masse to vote for candidates of their choice without fear of intimidation, without fear for their safety. It is their right to vote and whoever wants to provoke or invoke violence, will meet organized violence waiting for him.”

Meanwhile,  the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman told journalists that the “alleged abduction of about 500 Nigerians in Damasak yesterday (Tuesday) is a lie. There is no such thing that 500 people have been abducted from any part of the country.”

Usman maintained that the successes of the army in the current fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the North Eastern part of the country cannot be wished away by circulating falsehood.
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25 march 2015 18:17:23

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