Army yet to receive court orders on election duties – Buratai

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, said the Nigerian Army has not been served with the copy of the court order, barring soldiers from engaging in election duties, and would refrain from commenting on the issue until the receipt of relevant papers.

Buratai stated this at the Government House, Owerri, Imo State capital, when he paid courtesy call on Governor Rochas Okorocha with other senior military officers, including the GOC, 82 Division of the Nigeria Army Enugu, Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru.

Receiving General Buratai and his team, Okorocha urged him to give an approval for the Army to build a Military School in the state, assuring that the state government would provide the land and other logistics.

Okorocha also complained that Imo State does not have her indigenes in the Army, adding that something must have gone wrong with the quota allocated to the state over the years.

The governor appealed to the Chief of Army Staff to send more operational vehicles and other logistics to the 34 Field Artillery Brigade Obinze to enable them perform their role more effectively, especially now that Imo has become the fastest growing state in the country outside Lagos and Abuja.

He said: “We have watched with keen interest what is happening in the North-East. We want to encourage you and your men for the manner with which you have tackled the problem of Boko Haram head-on. Today, Nigerians are singing a better song than what it used to be in the past.”

Baratai had, in addition, told the governor that they were in the state on familiarisation visit to the Army Brigade in the state with a view to knowing their challenges, adding that such visit had been delayed by the situation in the North-East which has kept quite busy.

He also expressed appreciation for the support the state government has given to the army brigade in terms of logistics which had contributed to the stable security situation in the state, stressing that the army is winning the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East, and that the issue of Boko Haram terrorists would soon become a thing of the past.