The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has vowed to provide a peaceful atmosphere for the conduct of the 2023 general elections.
Yahaya while declaring the 3rd Quarter Chief of Army Staff Conference open in Abuja on Tuesday, September 13, urged the army to follow the rules of engagement and code of conduct during the electoral period.
General Yahaya pledged to inject more manpower as well as game changing equipment into all theatres of operations of the army.
“As electioneering for general elections begins, I wish to once again assure the public that the Nigerian Army remains committed to discharging its constitutional responsibilities and assisting in providing a secure environment for the conduct of the general elections through ‘Operation Safe Conduct.’
“The Nigerian Army is also firming up its preparations to provide the necessary security assistance to ensure the successful conduct of the 2023 general elections.
“As electioneering activities for general elections begin, I wish to once again assure the public that the Nigerian Army remains committed to discharge its constitutional responsibilities and assist in providing secured environment for the conduct of the general elections through Operation Safe Conduct.
“You may all recall that in the last conference I mentioned that the Nigerian Army will review its Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct for general elections.
“I am happy to inform you all that the reviewed document is ready and will be distributed at the end of this conference.
“Commanders are, therefore, to ensure that all personnel deployed for security duties during the election period are given personal copies and thoroughly educated on the guidelines provided in the document,” he said.
“You have all done well in the implementation of the decisions taken during the last conference as evident in the successes recorded, particularly in our ongoing operations across all theatres of operation.”