- Governor Rochas Okorocha urges the military to fish out sponsors of those who work against the nation’s democracy
- Okorocha tells the army to do the needful to ensure the conduct of a free and fair general elections
- The governor says one of the major problems in Nigeria is that people who are not chosen by the people are seen holding public offices because they won through the back door
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has urged the military to severely punish politicians who provide touts or hoodlums with army and police uniforms during elections to commit heinous crimes
Okorocha made the statement on Thursday, January 10, in a statement by his chief press secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo in Owerri, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The governor spoke when the new General Officer Commanding (GOC) the 82 Division of the Nigeria Army, Major General Abubakar Maikobi paid him a visit.
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He said called for all hands to be on deck to ensure safety of the nation’s democracy, urging the military to fish out sponsors of those who work against the nation’s democracy.
“You have been posted at a critical time in the period of electioneering; we request that the military should do the needful to ensure free and fair election.
“I have no doubt that the army will do the needful by ensuring free conduct of these elections.
“We are not unmindful of the fact that some unpopular and unpatriotic politicians sew army, police and navy uniforms and give them to touts or hoodlums to use during elections.
“I urge the army to start by fishing out these unpatriotic politicians and ensure that they get the kind of punishment they deserve.
“One of the major problems we have as a nation is that people who are not chosen by the people are seen holding public offices because they won through the back door.
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“This is the major problem of our democracy. I urge you to correct this aspect of our democracy by ensuring free and fair poll, this is a time for all hands to be on deck and ensure that our democracy is saved,” he said.
Okorocha also called on Nigerians to unite to protect the integrity of the country.
Earlier, the GOC said his team was in the state to inform the governor of the inauguration of operation Egwueke 3 in the south-east with their headquarters at Abakiliki in Ebonyi.
He said the command had also been divided into sectors for ease of command and administration.
He stressed the exercise was not aimed at any person or group, adding that its purpose was to apply every effort, within the military’s capacity to checkmate criminals and criminality.
“We will work in accordance with the law and create an atmosphere of peace within our different localities.
“Our relationship with the people will be most cordial and the people have nothing to fear as our men have been warned to work according to laid down rules and principles,” he said.
Meanwhile, the chief of army staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, has warned that anyone publishing national security issues could be found guilty of breaching the official secrets act, 1962.
Buratai gave the warning on Thursday, January 10, when inaugurating the Army 63 Division in Asaba, Delta state and kicking-off of Exercise Python Dance 111 (Egwe-Eke).
The chief of army staff who was represented by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Enugu, Maj Gen Jamil Sarham, appealed to Nigerians to make efforts to save the country from plans of unpatriotic elements fighting to pull the country down.
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