By Ajogwu Jerry
The Nigerian Army authorities has disassociated itself from a trending picture of four armed uniform men wearing what could be described as a military camouflage.
According to a statement by the Army spokesman, Col Sagir Musa, the trending picture showing the soldiers displaying a campaign symbol of a particular political party in Nigeria is against rules and regulations of the Nigerian Army.
The statement revealed that investigations into the matter is ongoing and the erring soldier must be penalized accordingly if their identity is confirmed.
Read part of the statement below:
“The attention of the Nigerian Army (NA) has been drawn to a picture of four armed men dressed in what looks like military camouflage in a 4 x 4 finger sign supposedly connoting a campaign symbol of a political party which is against the rules and regulations of the NA.
“The NA wishes to dissociate itself from the picture even as it has commenced immediate investigation with the view to ascertain the source and authenticity of the pictures and the “soldiers’ involved. If the outcome of the investigation comfirm this to be true, appropriate sanctions would be provided. NA of today under the command of Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai do not condone or encourage indiscipline and any form of professional misconduct.
“On many occasions, the Chief of Army Staff has made it strongly clear that Army personnel will remain neutral, totally apolitical and will not compromise its constitutional roles under any guise,”.
Recall that the Chief of Army staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai on Wednesday cautioned officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army to remain apolitical while urging any personnel who wishes to join politics to resign on or before 22nd February, 2019.