The Nigerian military on Thursday conceded that it is feeling the squeeze to think twice about 2023 general decisions, while promising that Nigerians can have confidence that the military would stay unbiased.
At the 61st session of the State House Ministerial Briefing, which was held at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja and was organized by the Presidential Communications Team, General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Defence Staff, made this information available to journalists.
PUNCH reports that despite the fact that the armed forces are taking the necessary steps to ensure compliance with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to maintain neutrality, he claims that military personnel are subjected to inducement-based pressure.
Irabor stated that personnel are receiving professional training despite the codification of the rules of engagement for distribution prior to, during, and after the elections.
The CDS also revealed that since 2014, a number of military rescue operations and negotiations have resulted in the release of at least 300,000 people from their captors, and that refugees who fled the North-East due to insurgency are beginning to return.
He stated that the trained former insurgents would graduate in February of the following year, prior to their reintegration into society. He went on to say that the military is hiring more people for all of the security services’ branches.
The objective, Irabor expressed, is to expand the quantity of on-the-ground faculty to battle revolt and banditry and abridge oil robbery which will ultimately prompt expanded raw petroleum creation.