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Election: Abdulsalami, Badeh dismiss military rule in Nigeria

Posted: Apr 11, 2015 at 1:18 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Stella Omona Abuja

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, on Thursday dismissed the possibility of military rule in Nigeria.

Badeh who said this when members of the National Peace Committee for The 2015 General Elections visited the Defence Headquarter (DHQ) in its ongoing nationwide consultations, assured of the Nigerian military’s loyalty to constituted civilian authorities.

“The era of military rule is gone forever in this country. In fact if there was military rule I am not sure if could have been here. We are the armed forces of Nigeria and not that of any political party and will be subordinate to the constituted authorities,” he said.

He stated that the military would not embark on any activities that could jeopardize the electoral processes in the country even as he pledged that the military would remain non-partisan but would provide the enabling security environment for the Saturday’s elections.

“We want to say that Nigerian Armed Forces have been participating in the past elections and there was no much misgiving. We as service chiefs where beneficiaries of democracy because we where confirmed by the National Assembly.

“Sir, we promise you as we will replicate even better what we did last elections on the Saturday elections. I am sure we can do better than what we did last time and at least get another pat on the back.

“The Armed Forces is indeed very proud that members of the peace committee are here to give us a part on the back for what we have done.

“I want to again thank you for recognizing what we have done in the North East. I remember when we ask more time to embark on what we are doing but there was a lot of misgivings. But we are happy that we are able to ensure that some exercise their choice of who to govern them even though we did not achieve 100 per cent but we are able to secure the major ones,” Badeh stressed.

Leader of the committee and former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), gave the Nigerian military a pass mark for providing the level of security needed to ensure free, fair and violence free elections.