Payment Of Uniform Allowance Will Not Make Officers Partisan - Army
The Nigerian Army has dismissed what it called 'insinuations' on various social media platforms that the recent payment of uniform allowance to officers and soldiers was done to sway their voting towards a particular political party.
"This is not true," the spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, said in a statement on Thursday.
Explaining the reason officials of the Army got the uniform allowance, Brigadier General Usman said "the payment of uniform allowance started in 2016 to assist troops deployed on Operation Lafiya Dole as uniform upkeep and maintenance.
"The allowance was however extended to all Nigerian Army personnel because of their increasing engagement in various Internal Security Operations across the country.
"It is important to note that 95% of Nigerian Army troops will be engaged in security duties during the forthcoming general elections. Out of this, almost 40% are in the North East.
"Therefore, it is gross unfair and sheer mischief to associate the Nigerian Army with such mundane action".
The Army then implored Nigerians to dissociate themselves from such fake and unwarranted information calculated to smear the Nigerian Army.
"Although investigation is ongoing to ascertain the source of such malicious allegations, we would like to warn such unpatriotic individuals to stop this mischief forthwith.
"We would like to further warn all officers and soldiers to desist from acts that are inimical to Service discipline and code of conduct and reiterate the Chief of Army Staff's warning during his conference with General Officers Commanding and Operations Commanders that, "All Nigerian Army personnel must remain neutral, non-partisan and transparent in all their actions," the statement further read.
The Nigerian Army also reminded officials that there would be zero-tolerance for any action and in-action by commanders at all levels that is deemed tilted towards giving undue advantage to any candidate, political party, ethnic or religious leanings to the detriment of the unity and integrity of Nigeria."
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