Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya

Adhere to election engagement rules, COAS tells soldiers

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has asked soldiers to adhere strictly to the army’s reviewed rules of engagement during the forthcoming general elections.

The Independent National Electoral Commission fixed February 25, 2023 for the presidential and National Assembly elections and March 11, 2023 for governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections.

Speaking in Abuja on Friday during the closing ceremony of the COAS Third Quarter Conference 2022, Yahaya described those fueling crises in various parts of the country as unpatriotic, noting that the army would work with other security agencies to provide a peaceful environment.

He added, “I strongly advise those fueling crises to retrace their steps as the Nigerian Army, within the ambit of rule of law, will continue to ensure that all peace-loving citizens of this country live their lives without fear or intimidation.

“Additionally, the directive on the reviewed Nigerian Army Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct for ‘Operation Safe Conduct’ should be adhered to strictly by all during the electioneering period.

“Thus, commanders must ensure that subordinates are educated on the guidelines provided in the document. Commanders must also ensure the professional conduct of troops, and resist any distraction and attempt by misguided elements to cause disrepute to the image of the Nigerian Army. All must remain professional and apolitical in conduct all through the operation.”


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