Boko Haram: Military Is Working Hard To Meet December Deadline – Buratai

Tukur BurataiThe Chief of Army Staff, Lieut. Gen. Tukur Buratai says the military is working hard to succeed in meeting up with the December deadline of defeating the Boko Haram insurgents in the North East in spite of the renewed bombings by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect.

Gen. Buratai disclosed this when he met with officers of the One Division of the Nigerian Army in Kaduna State, North West Nigeria on Saturday, October 24.

He also set up a Board of Inquiry to investigate alleged involvement of officers and soldiers in partisan politics especially during the 2015 elections.

He said the board would investigate the alleged unprofessional and unethical conduct of some Army personnel during and after elections, especially their relationship with the political class with the aim of sanctioning such officers.

Gen. Buratai explained that the essence of the probe is to prevent future unprofessional conduct by officers and men in the performance of their constitutional roles, stating that any officer found wanting in such unprofessional act would be punished according to military laws and ethics.

The meeting is meant for the army boss to interact with the officers in the units and formations about their operational procedure. As expected of him, he will talk to the officers, listen to them and identify with their needs.

Addressing the officers, the army boss charged them to be professionally responsive and show exemplary leadership to the soldiers.

He also stressed the need for them to collaborate with other security agencies in the fight against the insurgents and other related crimes across the country, charging the officers to maintain professionalism, vigilance and remain apolitical in the discharge of their duties.

General Buratai maintained that the role of the Nigerian Army would remain only to protect the sovereignty of the country and not to engage in any form of politics.

The One Division of the Nigerian Army covers Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Jigawa, Zamfara and Sokoto States.

Army To Probe Officers, Soldiers Involved in Partisan Politics

ArmyThe Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, has set up a board of inquiry to investigate alleged involvement of officers and soldiers in partisan politics especially during the April 11 elections.

Lt. General Buratai disclosed this when he met with officers of the 1 Division of the Nigerian Army in Kaduna State, North West Nigeria on Saturday.

He said that the board would investigate the alleged unprofessional and unethical conduct of some Army personnel during and after elections, especially their relationships with the political class with the aim of sanctioning such officers.

Lt. General Buratai explained that the essence of the probe was to prevent future unprofessional conduct by officers and men in the performance of their constitutional roles, stating that any officer found wanting in such unprofessional act would be punished according to military laws and ethics.

He also restated that the Nigerian Army has been working hard to succeed in meeting up with the December deadline of defeating the Boko Haram insurgents in the north east in spite of the renewed bombings by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect.

Buratai also stressed the need for them to collaborate with other security agencies in the fight against insurgency and other related crimes across the country, charging the officers to maintain professionalism, vigilance and remain apolitical in the discharge of their duties.

In line with his vision of maintaining a strong and professional force, Lt. General Buratai maintained that the role of the Nigerian Army would remain only to protect the sovereignty of the country and not to engage in any form of politics.

EU Observers, Civil Groups Seek Probe Of Alleged Electoral Manipulation

Osun_Election_2014_360x320The European Union Observation Mission and some civil society groups have expressed concern over the severe cases of violence and alleged manipulation in some states in Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections.

In its 2nd preliminary statement on the 2015 general elections, the EU Observer Mission urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to launch investigations into these cases.

The EU Chief Observer, Mr. Santiago Fisas said despite lack of evidence of centralised systematic fraud at the elections, some attempts at manipulations were observed which necessitates further investigations by the electoral body.

Mr. Fisas, however, noted that the overall process during the April 11 elections was more efficient compared to the presidential and parliamentary elections but lamented the rise in violence and attempted manipulation of the process in some states.

The spokesman for the Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, Mr. Clement Nwankwo said multiple cases of electoral misconduct in Abia State, violence in Rivers State and partisan interference in Akwa Ibom State call for scrutiny of final collated results from the three states.

The groups also condemned the involvement of prominent public office holders, politicians and INEC officials in what they termed ‘organised misconduct and disorderly behaviours’ in the April 11 elections.

They noted that steps must be taken to investigate all such cases and prosecution of those found culpable.

Obiano Rejects NASS Election Result

obianoThe Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has condemned the results of the National Assembly election, saying it was hijacked at the collation stage by elements of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) extraction.

Governor Obiano, who is a member of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), while speaking with journalists in Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government Area, said that the seeming victory of the PDP in the National Assembly elections would be challenged in court.

Mr Obiano, while reminding the people of the April 11 elections, assured the people of Anambra that the mandate of APGA candidates would be reclaimed.

The Governor also commended President Jonathan for his statesmanship and humble acceptance of the outcome of the Presidential election, also congratulating the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari for his victory at the polls.

Governor Obiano had expressed his concerns on the election day. In an interview on Channels Television’s special election programme, Nigeria 2015, he called the overall performance of the card reader device in the state ‘a disaster’, noting that his fingerprints could not be captured despite several attempts. “It was in my opinion a disaster at the early stages”, Obiano said.

The Governor also listed other issues recorded in the state, including nonavailability of result sheets at some polling units as well as cases of thuggery.

Manual accreditation was eventually applied in the state. Nevertheless, issues and complaints continued to trail the polls.

The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), led by the Senator representing Anambra Central and a leader of the party in the state, Senator Chris Ngige, on Monday condemned the election and called for its cancellation.

In a press briefing, Senator Ngige, demanded that another election should be conducted. He cited challenges with the use of card readers and the issue of party members being held hostage in some parts of the state.

INEC Promises Improvement In April 11 Polls

JegaAhead of the April 11 Governorship and House of Assembly elections, the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega has promised to address the hiccups experienced during the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Professor Jega, who made the promise at a meeting with the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on INEC in Abuja, explained that the commission was working hard to deliver an election that would be better than the just-concluded elections.

The INEC boss admitted the flop in the deployment of the card readers saying, about 450 of the 150,000 card readers were faulty.

The INEC boss also commended Nigerians for their role in ensuring a peaceful conduct of the election, hoping that they would exhibit greater maturity and patience during and after the April 11 elections.