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Fresh controversy over Buhari’s shooting order

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, yesterday faulted the advice by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, that the Nigerian Army should disregard President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to deal ruthlessly with ballot box snatchers during the coming general elections.

Buratai described the former vice president’s statement as unfortunate given that he was once at the highest level of government in the country and knows that the army, in particular, and the military, in general, are meant to obey the orders of the commander-in-chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

The COAS, who made the comments at a meeting he held with the principal staff officers, general officers commanding and brigade commanders ahead of the polls billed to commence this Saturday, asked Atiku to not only withdraw the statement but also apologise for allegedly attempting to incite the army against what he termed “constituted authority” it is meant to fully obey.“It is unfortunate to hear persons who are aspiring to rule this country again inciting the army to disobedience. We have consistently stated our position in the political dispensation to remain neutral and apolitical.

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