Military assures junta will never rule Nigeria again
from OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – NIGERIA will never again be ruled by a military junta, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, has said.
Badeh, speaking almost two weeks after a successful presidential election saw the opposition defeat an incumbent president for the first time since the return of democracy in 1999, said the military would continue to respect democratic institutions.
“The era of military rule is gone forever in this country. In fact if there was military rule I am not sure if I 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 as he hosted members of the National Peace Committee for the 2015 General Elections visited the Defence Headquarter (DHQ) in his Abuja office.
He further assured that the military, in a country with a history of coups, would remain non-partisan while carrying out their legitimate duties of providing the enabling security environment for the elections scheduled for Saturday.
Badeh meanwhile commended the efforts of the Peace Committee.
“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.”
The region has been worst affected by the Boko Haram terror crisis.
The siege by the sect has left an estimated 13 000 people dead and more than 1,5 million displaced in recent years.
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