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Army Sets Up Committee To Probe Role Of Army In Ekiti, Osun, Rivers, A-Ibom Elections

The Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Gen. Tukur Buratai, has constituted a five-man board of generals to investigate alleged partisanship of members of the Nigeria Army during the 2015 general election.

General Officer Commanding, GOC, 1 Division of the Nigeria Army, Maj. Gen. Adeniyi Oyebade, said he was made the Chairman of the board by Gen Buratai.

Other members of the board are Brig. Gen. Sunday Araoye, Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Kabuk, Brig. Gen. Baba Ibrahim and Col. Danladi Salihu who will serve as its secretary.

Addressing newsmen in Kaduna, yesterday, Gen Oyebade said: “There are allegations made by the general public on the gubernatorial elections conducted in some states such as Ekiti, Osun, Rivers and Akwa Ibom among others.

“These allegations are weighty and Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Buratai is determined to get to the root of the matter. The COAS insists on maintaining a professionally responsive Nigerian Army determined on discharging its constitutional roles, and as such instituted this Board of Inquiry.

“The panel is to investigate these allegations and recommend appropriate measures to prevent a re-occurrence in the future. The military as a noble profession must remain apolitical in our democratic dispensation.

“Politics, we strongly believe should be left entirely to politicians. The role of the military must strictly be in accordance with the provisions of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.

“I must hasten to add, however, that despite these worrisome allegations, the military has to a large extent performed creditably as the foremost guardian of the nation’s democracy.”

“All petitions/memorandum are to be forwarded not later than Fri 20 Nov 2015. The panel shall commence its sitting from 9am – 5pm daily except Sundays starting from today Monday 9, 2015,”

(Politics) Elections: ‘President Jonathan Acting Like Adolf Hitler, Gbagbo’-Osun Progressives

An Osun based civil society group, the Osun Progressives Left has warned against further postponement of the general elections, removal of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attairu Jega and involvement of military in democratic process.

The group also likened President Goodluck Jonathan style of administration to that of a former leader of Germany, Adolf Hitler who started the World war 2 and former President of Ivory Coast, LaurenT Gbagbo who refused to hand over power after losing election.

President Jonathan addressing the congregation at The Lord's Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministry in Lagos, Saturday

According to the group, President Jonathan, like Gbagbo of the Côte d’Ivoire, was making frantic effort to frustrate the conduct of the general electionS, and if possible, stay in office beyond his tenure or handover to an interim government.

The spokesperson for the group, Comrade Wale Adebisi at a press conference in Osogbo yesterday, stated that just like Hitler who came from a minority group to rule Germany, President Jonathan wanted to continue ruling Nigeria at all cost and ensure that his ethnic group continue to loot the resources of the country.

Adebisi warned that the steps of the president on electoral process could lead to another civil war, threatening that the civil war of 1966 could be repeated if President Jonathan failed to conduct the general elections or relinquish power.

His words: “Ivory coast crisis started with election postponement. It degenerated to ethnical crisis and to a full war. It has been proven that people from minority group has the tendency of foisting themselves on people.

“Adolf Hitler was from a minority group and he wanted to rule the world at all cost. The Second World War started with ethnic crisis from Germany as well, when Hitler wanted to foist himself on people. I want to say that President Jonathan is also leading Nigeria like Gbagbo and Hitler.

“We need to call the president to order. Unfortunately, none of the government institutions is working in Nigeria. The National Assembly cannot call the president to order. The president’s ethnic people have been threatening war of he loses the election. If eventually the president loses election, his ethnical boys will launch attack and this will resort to another civil war.”

Adebisi stated that President Jonathan is using religion and ethnic differences to cause disunity among Nigerians which might fuel the imminent civil war like that of Ivory Coast, even as he called on Nigerians not to allow the divide and rule tactics of the president to dissuade them from promoting unity of purpose.

Speaking on rumoured plan by the Presidency to remove the INEC chairman, Jega, Adebisi said any attempt to do that was an invitation to anarchy, saying the President should not underestimate the sensitivities of Nigerians to the general elections.

According to Adebisi, Jega could not be subjected to any civil service law because his appointment and removal is established by law and needs to be ratified by the two-third of the National Assembly, adding that the president would rock the boat if he dares sacks Jega.

He warned that Jega must not be removed before or after the general elections.

On the proposed deployment of military for the general election, Adebisi said any involvement of military in democratic and electoral process has negate the doctrine of democracy, adding that democracy is no longer in place when there is involvement of military in elections processes.

Adebisi said it is unconstitutional and undemocratic for the federal government to deploy military for the conduct of the election, just as he call on President Jonathan not to rescind his decision to use military for the election.

The human rights activists called on Nigerians from various ethnic groups to unite, organize and resist any attempt by anybody to frustrate a democratic and electoral process for the conduct of the general elections, saying that the scheduled date for the elections must not be changed.

He said: “The election of 28th March and 11th of April are sacrosanct, which must not be shifted beyond those two dates. INEC chairman, Prof Atairu Jega should not be removed on or before the election dates. Nigerian from different ethnic groups should see themselves as one not as enemy and should not allow anybody to use them against one another.”

-Vanguard

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