Protect Democracy, Shun Politics, Tinubu Tells Nigerian Army.


President Bola Tinubu, on Monday, said the Army must remain non-partisan and “vigilantly pro-democracy” as it discharges its duty of maintaining Nigeria’s territorial integrity. This was as he promised to work assiduously and provide the military with the necessary support to keep the troublers of the nation at bay.

“In this regard, the Nigerian Army must remain completely non-partisan but vigilantly pro-democracy,” Tinubu said at the Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference 2023 in Maiduguri, Borno State.

His comment comes barely 24 hours after he kicked against unconstitutional change of government in Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso and Niger at the 64th Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of the Economic Community of West African States in Abuja.

The President also stated that he had no intention of relenting or resting on his laurels in securing Nigeria, declaring that he would win the battle to keep Nigeria safe. Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngalale, revealed this in a statement he signed on Monday titled ‘President Tinubu: The battle to keep Nigeria secure is one I will not lose.’

Citing the professional conduct of the Armed Forces during the elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states, the President asked the Army to remain non-partisan but vigilant in upholding democratic principles, emphasising their role as a guardian of constitutional order during elections.

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