President Muhammadu Buhari, has charged Nigerian Army to remain apolitical and provide enabling environment for democracy to thrive.
Similarly, the Army are to go after terrorists and seccessionists until they are conquered.
The President gave the charge in Sokoto at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference holding at the International Conference Centre, Kasarawa, Sokoto.
He warned the military personnel to remain apolitical saying their duties is to defend Nigeria’s territorial integrity.
Buhari, who said his administration would provide equipment and support for the Nigerian Army to carry out their constitutional duties in defending territorial integrity of the country, stressed that the military should take the onslaught to the enemies until they are conquered.
He said, “as 2023 elections draw closer, I would like you to be apolitical just like you did in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun States, same should also reflect in the 2023 elections.
“I urge you to improve on human rights in line with global best practices to enable you win the mind of the people.
“The successes you have made so far, have restored hope and enduring peace in North-East, North-West, North-Central, South-East, South-West and South-South Nigeria. I enjoin you to sustain the tempo so as not to give chance to the enemies to thrive.”
The President who said the theme of this year’s conference, “Building A Professional Nigerian Army for the 21st Century Security Environment”, was timely and apt, implored the participants to analyse and review the lessons learnt at the conference.