By Andy Chukwu
Lt. General Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, (COAS), Wednesday warned that the Army will deal ruthlessly with those planning to foment trouble this Saturday gubernatorial elections.
Buratai at a meeting with Principal Staff Officers (PSOs), General Officers Commanding (GOCs), Operational Commanders and Directors at the Army Headquarters, Abuja, said the military had already received intelligence reports on politicians who are planning to use the herders/farmers crises to arm their thugs and ethnic militia to perpetrate acts of violence including bombing.
He warned that those arming political thugs and militia men to achieve a premeditated end through rigging of the elections to desist or face the wrath of the military
“I want to state and categorically warn that the Nigerian Army will not tolerate any acts that will undermine national security. This time around we shall be tough on those who plan to rig or disrupt the electoral process,” Buratai warned.
He said the meeting was principally to review the performances of the Army during the last presidential and National Assembly elections with a view to take pro-active steps to address lapses in the forthcoming Gubernatorial and States Assembly elections.