The Nigerian Army has reiterated its commitment to provide a conducive environment for the conduct of the 2023 general election.
The Army also said it has review its rules of engagement and code of conduct for its personnel during general elections.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Yahaya, stated this Tuesday during the opening ceremony of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Third Quarter Conference in Abuja.
He said: “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 commended commanders for job well done in the implementation of the decisions taken during the last conference as evident in the successes recorded, particularly in ongoing operations across all theatres of operation.
“Our kinetic actions in the North East theatre of operations have continued to dismantle the cohesion of the insurgents resulting in massive surrenders of the terrorists.
“This has positively impacted on the morale of troops and greatly bolstered the confidence of the citizens. Efforts must therefore be geared towards leveraging on the gains so far recorded to stamp out the miscreants permanently,” he said.
He added that the recent successful hosting of Nigerian Army Day Celebration in the South East has impacted positively on the security situation in the region even as the troops continue to take decisive actions against the secessionists.