The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya has cautioned politicians in the country to play the game by the rules to avoid complicating the security situation in Nigeria.
He stated that as politicians get ready for the 2023 elections, there is likely to be more tension across the country due to increased political activities.
According to him, the engagement of political thugs; the use of hate speeches, and other inimical activities by desperate politicians may generate more security tension in the coming days.
Yahaya, however, reminded the military personnel that they are not allowed to play partisan politics as their role is to be guided by the extant rule of engagement and appropriate code of conduct.
Naijaloaded understands the military chief made the submission on Wednesday in Port Harcourt at a three-day second senior command and leadership seminar for commanders of various formations across the country.
The seminar had the theme ‘Building the Capacity of Nigerian Army to Meet Contemporary Security Challenges in a Joint Environment: The Role of Senior Leadership.’
Speaking at the event, the Chief of Army Staff warned:
“So, I want to remind all commanders that as the electioneering season approaches the political landscape is likely to become tenser across the geopolitical zones.
“Engagement of political thugs; use of hate speeches and other inimical activities by desperate politicians and their supporters will likely instigate a more fragile security situation in the coming days.
“I charge commanders at all levels to ensure that troops under command are adequately enlightened on the need to be apolitical and eschew all political vices.
“To this end, all army personnel must act within the ambit of the law; the provisions of the extant rule of engagement and code of conduct for the elections in 2023.”