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Governors, other politicians wearing military uniforms are criminals: Nigerian Army

The military says it remains apolitical and will not want to be dragged into any form of political bias.

• January 6, 2022
Yahaya Bello, Ben Ayade, and Rochas Okorocha
Yahaya Bello, Ben Ayade, and Rochas Okorocha

The Nigerian Army has described governors and politicians who wear military uniforms and paraphernalia for electioneering, in campaign posters, and other political activities as criminals, threatening to prosecute them.

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Acting Director, Defence Information, Wap Maigida, gave the warning in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

Mr Maigida said that the campaign posters of some governors, dressed in military camouflage uniforms, were displayed in noticeable areas in their respective states.

He said the act was manifestly illegal and an abuse of the privilege of allowing civilians wear military uniforms during military training exercises.

According to him, it is necessary to restate that the Armed Forces of Nigeria, as a professional institution, remains apolitical and, as such, will not want to be dragged into any form of political bias.

“Accordingly, it is important to advise politicians and others to desist from the use of military uniforms and accoutrements for political events and other engagements henceforth.

“Please note, anyone found culpable in this regard would be liable to prosecution,” he warned.

(NAN)

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