Asking us to disobey Buhari’s directive on ballot box snatching unfortunate – Buratai

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A statement attributed to Atiku Abubakar asking the Nigerian Army to disregard President Buhari’s order to the soldiers in the forthcoming elections has been condemned

The president had reportedly ordered the Army and police to shoot ballot snatchers during the elections

According to the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, Atiku’s statement was most unfortunate

Nigerian Army has condemned a statement attributed to the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, asking the soldiers to disregard President Buhari’s directive in the forthcoming elections. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General, Tukur Buratai, who said Atiku’s statement was most unfortunate stated that he was in the highest level of government in the country before. Buratai said the military in general is meant to obey the orders of the Commander-In-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces to the latter.

He, however, asked the former vice president not only to withdraw the statement but to also apologise for attempting to invite the Army against what he termed as “constituted authority” it was meant to fully obey. Buratai warned politicians and their supporters against testing the will of the army, insisting that those found to have violated the law, will be treated in line with President Buhari’s directive.

He also cautioned the officers against playing partisan roles, saying those with such feelings has up to Friday, February 22 to resign.

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