2023 Elections: CDS sends stern warning to aspirants,supporters

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Chief of Defence Staff,Gen Lucky Irabor

By Victor Akaa, Abuja

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor has warned politicians especially those who are aspiring for elective positions and their supporters to stay clear from inciting and instigating violence as well as fomenting troubles as the country prepares for the general elections.

General Irabor gave the warning Thursday during his maiden visit to a biweekly media briefing on the ongoing military operations in conjunction with other security agencies across the country at Defence Headquarters, Abuja.

The CDS said, politicians and their supporters must operate within the stipulated laws of the land and must avoid politics of bitterness, thuggery, rancour and any act of violence in their conduct, noting that the military will do everything necessary to ensure a successful and most peaceful electoral exercise come 2023.

According to him,the military in conjunction with other security agencies will not condone any act of violence perpetrated by those seeking for any political offices in the country.

“For anyone who is looking forward to be elected, he must do it within the ambit of the provisions of the law because we will not in any way stand aside and see those who perpetrate violence all because they are looking for political office or appointive offices.

“Nigeria remains (a) nation that must live in peace, desire to live in peace, and Nigerians deserve to live in peace.

“And so, we will not allow criminals among those or if you like, thugs that might have made themselves available for anyone to use.” He said.

The Defence Chief said, the peace in Nigeria is not negotiable, hence the military would work closely with the Nigeria Police Force to maintain peace in the country.

“We are working very closely with the police and we stand ready to give them all the support that is necessary, because going forward, Nigeria must be peaceful and that is what we are looking forward to,” he said.

On Owo killings, the CDS said that the investigation is ongoing to unravel and apprehend the perpetrators, assuring that measures are also in check to stop its reoccurrence in the near future.

Speaking on the supposed moles (bad eggs) in the military, General Irabor noted that, there are internal mechanism within the military designed to identify and deal decisively with the erring personnel who are found wanting. He said, several of them (moles) had in recent times been court marshaled in different theatres across the country.

He called on journalists and the public to continue to interface with military and other security agencies by volunteering useful information to rid out criminalities for peace to thrive.

He added that the business of security is not only within the realm of the military and other security agencies alone but a collective responsibility of everyone hence the need to ensuring that all hands must be on deck to fish out all the adversaries from their enclave.

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