The Nigerian Army has debunked reports in the social media alleging that recent payment of uniform allowance to officers and soldiers was done to sway their votes towards a particular political party.
Army spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Sani Kukasheka Usman said in a statement that the payment of uniform allowance was started in 2016 to assist troops deployed on Operation LAFIYA DOLE as uniform upkeep and maintenance.
“The allowance was however extended to all Nigerian Army personnel because of their increasing engagement in various Internal Security Operations across the country,” he said.
“It is important to note that 95 per cent of Nigerian Army troops will be engaged in security duties during the forthcoming general elections. Out of this, almost 40 per cent are in the North East.
“Therefore, it is gross unfair and sheer mischief to associate the Nigerian Army with such mundane action.
“We therefore implore all well meaning Nigerians to dissociate themselves from such fake and unwarranted information calculated to smear the Nigerian Army. Although investigation is ongoing to ascertain the source of such malicious allegations, we would like to warn such unpatriotic individuals to stop this mischief forthwith.”
Usman warned officers and soldiers to desist from acts that are inimical to Service discipline and code of conduct.
He reiterated the Chief of Army Staff’s warning during his conference with General Officers Commanding and Operations Commanders that: ” Nigerian Army personnel must remain neutral, non-partisan and transparent in all their actions.”