The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has told soldiers ill-disposed to President Muhammadu Buhari’s order on ballot boxes snatchers to turn in their resignation letter by Friday.
Burutai issued this directive against the backdrop of the statement by the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alh. Atiku Abubakar prodding soldiers to disregard Buhari’s order.
“I want to direct this message to our military commanders and officers. You know that the military commanders and officers are not bound to execute orders that are manifestly unlawful,” the former Vice President said at the 84th emergency meeting of the PDP national executive council.
Reacting, Buratai warned officers against electing to heed Atiku’s advice saying, “Should any officer or soldier have doubts as to his loyalty to the Nigerian State as presently constituted, such a person has up to February 22, 2019 to resign. There is no room for indiscipline or disobedience to lawful orders in the Nigerian Army today.
“I want to remind all here present that the act of electoral thuggery, snatching of ballot boxes, illegal possession of election materials and similar crimes are intended to mar an election and create deliberate avenues for post-election violence and mayhem.”