Nigeria must be peaceful — CDS Irabor tells politicians
Ahead the 2023 general elections, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has charged politicians to pursue their ambitions within the ambit of the law.
They must allow peace reign in the country by navigating away from actions and comments that can undermine national security as they engage in political campaigns, it insisted.
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, read the riot act during the bi-weekly briefing with Defence Correspondents in Abuja.
According to Irabor: “Nigeria belongs to us, now we are going into a season and everyone of us is desiring that we have a peaceful election and electioneering campaigns. I am glad that Mr. President has told the Nation what his desires are but do not think that it is the responsibility of government alone to ensure that we have a peaceful election.
“It is everyone of us that will ensure that we have a peaceful electioneering period so that we can have a country that we will all be proud of, if we don’t have a country there will be no position to aspire for.
“The most important thing regarding the election that is coming, is that we must be men and women that conduct ourselves peacefully and I need you to drive this message home to everyone that for anyone who is looking forward to be elected, he must do it within the ambit of the provisions of the law because we will not in anyway stand aside and see those perpetrating violence all because they are looking for political or appointive offices”.
He added: “Nigeria remains a nation that must live in peace so we must not allow criminals or thugs that have made themselves available for anyone to use, we will not allow it. We are standing by the Police to give them every support because going forward Nigeria must be peaceful”.