The Nigerian Army on Monday, February 18, said it will obey President Muhammadu Buhari’s controversial order to deal ruthlessly with anyone attempting to snatch election ballot boxes and disrupt the 2019 poll.
President Buhari’s order caused a stir among the masses Monday evening with several accusing the president of encouraging extrajudicial killings by the Army.
However, the Nigerian Army, while reacting to the president’s controversial statement, said it will do exactly as ordered by Buhari, Premium Times reports.
Army spokesperson Sagir Muqsa said:
“If Commander-in-Chief has given order to the Nigerian Army to that effect, be rest assured that order will be totally and effectively obeyed without any ifs or buts.”
Continentour.com.ng earlier reported that President Buhari warned that those planning to make away with ballot boxes during the elections will do so at the cost of their lives.
Speaking on Monday, February 18, at a crucial meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the president stated that anyone who engages in the act will not live to commit another crime.
Meanwhile, the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, explained the details concerning the order to security agencies issued on Monday, February 18 by President Buhari.
According to Tinubu, the president was just reinforcing the fact that anyone out there snatching ballot boxes, and causing destruction, are at risk of their own life.
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