Buratai Blows Hot Again Over Army Officers, Soldiers’ Romance With Politicians

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Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has again issued a stern warning to all officers

and soldiers in the Nigerian Army to steer clear of politics.

Buratai, represented by the Commander, Infantry Corps, Maj.-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, gave the warning on

Saturday at the graduation ceremony of officers who underwent a Regimentation and Leadership training

of the 64 RC and SSC 44 course at the 20 Infantry Battalion Serti, Taraba.

“Leave politics to the politicians and concentrate on your chosen career,” he warmed.

He charged the graduating officers to use the knowledge and experience acquired during their training

to help in tackling the current security challenges in the country.

The COAS said the relevance of the just concluded course in their career as commissioned officers cannot be overemphasised.

Buratai said, “it is pertinent to state that the recent gains of the Nigeria Army in the North-East and

other internal security operations all over the country is expected to present the challenges of a

growing rank of criminal elements and criminal activities”.

“Such challenges were characterised by kidnapping, assassination, sabotage, armed robbery and other act

of terrorism, he noted while urging them to lead by example.

“I therefore urged you to keep alive the knowledge acquired so that you will give a good account of

yourselves by adding value to the Nigeria Army in your respective capacities”.

Recall that in May last year, Buratai said he got information that some individuals have been

approaching officers and soldiers for political reasons.

Buratai, in a statement by Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Director Army Public Relations,

ordered “such persons to desist from these acts”.

He reminded them that Nigerian Army is a thorough professional, disciplined, loyal and apolitical

institution that has clear Constitutional roles and responsibilities.

Buratai advised “all officers and soldiers interested in politics, to resign their commission or apply

for voluntary discharge forthwith”.

“Any officer or soldier of Nigerian Army found to be hobnobbing with such elements or engaged in

unprofessional conducts such as politicking would have himself or herself to blame.”

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