Buratai reads riot act to Army officers, on religious, political, ethnic links

Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, has read a riot act to army officers and soldiers against hobnobbing with politicians, ahead of the 2019 polls.

He asks officers who are interested in politics to voluntarily resign from service, before it is too late for them.

Buratai, issuing the warning, at the Chief of Army Staff first quarterly conference in Abuja, ordered the establishment of a standing tribunal to try officers who violates the rules and regulations of the army.

“I have directed for a special Standing Court Martial to be set up in preparation for the coming 2019 elections.

“I must warn that any Nigerian Army personnel found hobnobbing with politicians or being partisan will be investigated and sent to the Special Standing Court Martial.

“I must state clearly that any officer or soldier who wishes to be sympathetic to political, religious or ethnic cause should voluntarily retire from the Nigerian Army,’’ Buratai said.

He also warned officers and soldiers who are sympathetic to political, religious and ethnic groups to voluntarily retire or would blame themselves.

For instance, Buratai barred officers and soldiers from attending church services outside the Army barracks, especially when such facility is available.

He also said for the exceptional cases of weddings, and any other form of worship, those involved must seek his permission, warning that, anyone who disobey will have himself to blame.

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