By Chike Ifedi
NIGERIANS have been assured of the safety of all citizens as well as safe conduct of elections as 2023 draws near, even as terrorism and their sponsors are being tracked.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya, who disclosed this at the opening of COAS Third Quarter Conference of 2022 in Abuja, said that as electioneering activities begin, he will reassure the public that Nigeria Army remains committed to the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities and assist in providing secured environment for the peaceful conduct of the general election through “Operation Safe Conduct”
“I mentioned before that the Nigerian Army will review its rules of engagement and code of conduct for general elections”.
“I urged all commanders to ensure that all personnel deployed for security duties during the election period get personal copies of the code and thoroughly educated on the guidelines provided in the document”.
“The conference provides an important platform to further appraise performance and bring in fresh idea to enhance activities in all fronts.
“Our kinetic actions in the Northeast theatre of operation have continued to dismantle the cohesion of the insurgent resulting in the massive surrender 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.
“The Nigerian Army will continue to perform its roles professionally with other services and security agencies as well as state and local government authorities”.
“Equally, the troops deployed in the South South region under operation Delta Safe have continued to perform creditably with rejuvenated joint operations leading to the arrest of several suspects and their sponsors concerted efforts is going to ensure maximal revenue is derived by the country from its oil revenue in the South South region”.
“Nigerian Army has continued to contribute positively for the maintenance of security in the South West region which generally remains relatively calm”.