Adams Oshiomhole says that the Nigerian Army must remain loyal to the nation and not to defending the tenure of an individual

February 24, 2015 12:13 pm
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Governor says that the Nigerian Army must
remain loyal to the nation and not to defending the tenure of an
individual.

The governor said this while receiving the General Officer Commanding
(GOC), 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Ibadan, Major General Sanusi
Muazu. He noted that no political office holder should get so desperate
and try to use the military to boost personal ambition.
“The reason this has become an issue is because of the nature of our
politics and the way political actors have put their personal interests
over and above national interest. Presidents and governors would come
and go, whether they are good or bad. Even the Armed Forces commander
would come and go but the institution of the Armed Forces will
remain. Once we can distinguish between the person and the office, the
institutions and the player, we may not have crisis.

“I believe that the forthcoming elections with all the tension that
people are raising, the speculation that Nigeria will have crisis, to me
I have seen all these before and the God that created this country will
ensure that after all the fog, the weather will be clear. Nigeria will
remain.

“It is the peace and security of the part that determine the
character of peace and security of the whole. The Armed Forces must see
themselves as the Nigerian Armed Forces and not the Armed Forces of the
Commander in Chief, or of the governor. The Commander in Chief is to be
elected by very ordinary people.

“The right of the people to vote for who will be president is a right
that must be defended and upheld. Once the process is clean, the
outcome does not matter. In a democracy, the people deserve the kind of
president they want. He is a product of election and not an imposition.

“So, I ask you to do all you can to keep that confidence, that the
army understands that its mandate is to defend the territorial integrity
of the Nigerian nation and not the tenure of any political office
holder regardless of the level,” Oshiomole said. 

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