The Nigerian Army has assured that it remains apolitical whenever called upon by the authorities to provide internal security.
Army Director of Public Relations, Onyema Nwachukwu gave the assurance while reacting to the allegation that soldiers were escorting buses conveying fake voters to Anambra.
Nwachukwu said no soldier of the Nigerian Army had indulged in escorting fake voters into the state, and that contrary to the “misleading information”, the buses in question were conveying INEC permanent and ad-hoc staff for the election tasks in the state.
He said the ministry of information and culture had corroborated the same position while asking the public to disregard the misinformation.
“Our duty in the state at this time is purely security-related and in support of the Nigeria police, which are the lead security agency in the security architecture of electioneering,” he said.
“This is done in collaboration with other security agencies, to ensure a safe and secure atmosphere for the peaceful conduct of elections.
“Our troops are guided by extant provisions of Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) personnel code of conduct during elections and the provisions of Armed Forces Act CAP A20 LFN 2004.
“We shall continue to operate along these lines to ensure that peace and security reign in our country.
“We will remain apolitical and very professional in deeds and conduct for the growth and development of democracy in Nigeria.”
Nwachukwu advised the “political gladiators” to refrain from dragging the armed forces of Nigeria “into the murky waters of politics”.
He assured Nigerians that the army will remain resolute in carrying out its constitutional duties.
He also asked the people of Anambra not to panic and advised them to be law-abiding by supporting the joint security agencies to ensure peace and security in the state.
Meanwhile, the widow of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Bianca Ojukwu, has described the All Progressives Grand Alliance as a secret cult, expressing worry over the party’s dwindling political fortune.
“APGA is now like a secret cult, and this has reduced our once vibrant party to a shadow of its former self,” she lamented.
Ojukwu made the remarks in a statement to mark the posthumous birthday of the late Biafran warlord on November 4.
She stated that it was of serious concern that members of APGA were decamping to other political parties in their numbers, especially the All Progressives Congress.
Punch Newspaper reports that Ms Ojukwu blamed the current situation in APGA on what she called “leadership failure” by the party.
She said, “Bad leadership has left a deeply wounded and visibly divided party, with members decamping from the party almost on a daily basis with the alacrity of rats deserting a sinking ship,”
“Curiously, they are almost all defecting to APC. Our party has lost almost half of our state and national legislators, several principal members of our board of trustees, including the secretary of the board.”
“The serving deputy governor of the state, Dr Nkem Okeke, who joined the APC recently, party local government leaders, countless party executive members, including Governor Obiano’s own ward chairman all joining APC is very worrisome,” she added.
Ms Ojukwu blamed APGA’s present leader, Governor Willie Obiano, and his henchmen for the party’s downfall.
According to her, the state is suffering the most extreme state of insecurity under his watch, which has recently seen several citizens, including a traditional ruler in his community, gunned down in broad daylight.
“To the governor’s credit, Anambra airport is nearing completion, but then, the intercity roads and roads leading to the communities are in a terrible state, and this has created a persistent gridlock within the state”, she said.
The former beauty queen, however, expressed optimism that despite the obvious cracks, she was confident that APGA would do well during the Saturday election.
She said APGA was not just a political party but a state of mind.
“The party has a good candidate in this guber election in the person of Prof. Charles Soludo, and he has all it takes to chart a new course both in the trajectory of the party and the state,” she said.
TRENDING! Islamic Right Group Reacts To Video Of A Job Seeker Who Said He Was Rejected At The Collapsed Ikoyi Building Because He Was A Muslim
Controversial Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has reacted angrily to a video footage making the rounds where a Muslim was said to have been denied employment in the collapsed 21-storey building in Lagos for being a Muslim.
Sikiru Adebowale is a Muslim engineer who was said to have gone for a job at the site of the building before it collapsed and was said to have been turned down by the site developer.
MURIC said this was strong evidence of the alienation of Muslims in Yorubaland.
A video clip on YouTube shows Adebowale, a Yoruba Muslim, who said he had gone for a job interview with the developer of the building but was rejected for being a Yoruba Muslim.
According to Daily Post, Adebowale was said to have left the building a few minutes before it collapsed and he told viewers that the developer had refused to employ him simply because he is a Muslim