By Balarabe Oshiafi
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Gwabin Musa, has assured the public of the readiness of Nigerian armed forces to enforce the presidential directive to deal decisively with perpetrators of electoral violence.
He gave the assurance on Thursday during his operational visit to troops in Kogi State.
The CDS while speaking at the Kogi State Government House, according to a release made available to ExpressDay, assured the State Governor, Yahaya Bello, who was represented by his deputy, Mr. Edward David Onoja, that the armed forces in conjunction with other security agencies is ready to allow for an enabling environment where Kogi indigenes will vote for candidates of their choice.
He further warned Kogi people to desist from electoral violence, embrace peace and tolerance.
He said “the Armed Forces has zero tolerance for electoral violence and will ensure total compliance with the Presidential directives to deal decisively with violators.
The CDS also condoled with the people of Kogi state on the recent demise of the Ohionoyi of Ebiraland Alhaji Ado Ibrahim.
General Musa while addressing the troops of OPERATION SAFE CONDUCT in Kogi State, called for absolute professionalism by the military during the forth coming election.
He warned personnel not to involve in any act that will be inimical to the smooth conduct of the election. General Musa appealed for an enabling environment to allow for free and fair election.
The CDS assured the entire people of Kogi State of the defence forces’ resolve to safe guard lives and property at all times.
He seized the opportunity of the visit to call on citizens to report any wrong doings by the military to the appropriate authority and ensure cooperation with troops to enable them perform their duties as dictated by the Constitution.
Similarly, in his meeting with Military Commanders and heads of security agencies in the state, the CDS charged them to create enabling environment to allow Kogi State indigenes to exercise their civic responsibilities and elect the candidates of their choice.
He further warned against any compromise to subvert the forth coming Kogi election. General Musa added that security Personnel will be monitored to ensure they perform their duties as expected.
The CDS emphasized that there is an already standing Court Marshal to prosecute any Military personnel found wanting in the discharge of his duties during the election.
He called on military personnel to remain apolitical and ensure maximum security of lives and property before, during and after the elections.