By Ayodele Ayelomi
The Nigerian army says it would remain apolitical and its actions guided by the rules of engagement during the general election.
President Muhammadu Buhari, had on Monday warned those who might want to snatch ballot boxes that they would do so at the expense of their lives.
Sagir Musa, the Army Spokesman, in a chat with TheCable on Tuesday, Sagir Musa, said the Army’s involvement starts and ends with provision of peaceful and secure environment for the conduct of the elections.
“Our actions are guided by the extant rules of engagement and code of conduct. The constitution of Nigeria is the grundnorm guiding all our actions,” he said.
On the hand, Frank Mba, the Police Spokesman, refused to comment on President Buhari’s comment saying he doesn’t speak for the presidency.
“I am not a fit and proper person to comment on that,” he said.
The electoral act (2010) prohibits anyone from snatching electoral materials, and Section 129 subsection (4) of the act only prescribes a maximum two years imprisonment for offenders.
Even, though some criticisms have trail the president’s comments, some has also argued that his comment has been twisted for political gains.
Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had argued that Buhari’s directive is not for security agencies to shoot indiscriminately but aim at only those who disrupt the electoral process. ist Table 5 D