The Nigerian army has been indicted by different individuals and groups in the course of the general election.

Some persons accused officials of the Nigerian Army of stifling proper monitoring of the election while other said they were conspicuously partisan. Even the European Union observers said they were deprived of monitoring the election by military personnel. 

But the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has come to the defence of the Nigerian Army.

It says the Nigerian Army exhibited “acceptable restraint and discipline” in the face of provocation by politicians during the general elections.

Representative of the IHRC Africa Office, Semaka Setuk, stated this on Wednesday at Army headquarters, Abuja, while presenting the Human Right Commendation Award to Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.

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Setuk said that adherence to code of conduct by the troops deployed for elections played significant role in ensuring peaceful and violence-free elections in many parts of the country.

According to him, the professional conduct of the army was “imperative and symbolic” for other African countries to emulate.

"We note and view this achievement as a milestone and major revolution for democracy on the African continent.

”This is especially so, given that other civilisation has relegated Africa as a continent of nations without regard to human rights, especially during critical processes.

“Indeed, the Nigerian army under the leadership of Gen. Buratai and assisted by his lieutenants, have demonstrated the willingness, desire, determination, resolve and capacity to take Africa’s military by the hand and lead by example.

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“On behalf of the International Human Rights Committee on civil military relations and foreign observers committee, I congratulate the COAS and the Nigerian army for such an achievement for Nigeria and Africa, and the UN.”

In his remarks, Buratai, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans (COPP), Major General Ali Nani, thanked the commission for objectively observing the activities of the army during the conduct of the polls.

He said that attempts were being made by mischief makers to discredit the army, but to no avail, and assured him that the army would continue to discharge its roles as enshrined in the Constitution. 

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