Supporting Buhari? Nigerian Army Explains What Happened
President Muhammadu Buhari and his campaign team had popularised this 4+4 fingers sign, as they push his second term bid.
His supporters have been seen posing with this eight fingers sign, as a mark of their support for this bid to continue in office until 2023.
But soldiers, as much as they are Nigerians are not permitted to show whose side they are on, as far as elections are concerned. If you must, not when you are wearing its uniform.
This is why a picture of four persons in what looks like a military uniform, with this 4+4 sign is now viral.
While Nigerians condemn the position of these four alleged soldiers, the Nigerian Army has come out to disown them.
In a statement by the spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sagir Musa, the Army said the men in the uniform were not acting in the interest of the Nigerian Army.
"The attention of the Nigerian Army (NA) has been drawn to a picture of four armed men dressed in what looks like military camouflage in a 4 x 4 finger sign supposedly connoting a campaign symbol of a political party which is against the rules and regulations of the NA.
"The NA wishes to dissociate itself from the picture even as it has commenced immediate investigation with the view to ascertain the source and authenticity of the pictures and the "soldiers' involved," the statement read.
The Army said it would sanction the soldiers, should investigation confirm that the image was real.
"If the outcome of the investigation confirm this to be true, appropriate sanctions would be provided.
"NA of today under the command of Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai do not condone or encourage indiscipline and any form of professional misconduct.
"On many occasions, the Chief of Army Staff has made it strongly clear that Army personnel will remain neutral, totally apolitical and will not compromise its constitutional roles under any guise," the statement added.
A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dino Melaye, has raised concerns that the Nigerian Army had shown signs that it would take sides with the administration of Muhammadu Buhari in the election, jettisoning their oat of allegiance.
"We have bought secret cameras and we will record them," he told members of the national Executive Committee of the PDP at an emergency meeting.
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