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Nigerian military under pressure to influence 2023 election, says CDS

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The Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor on Thursday said that the military is facing pressure to compromise the forthcoming general election in 2023.

The defence chief however said the military will remain neutral and assist the police in monitoring and securing the process.

Irabor, who spoke on Thursday at the ministerial media briefing organised by the presidential communications team at the presidential villa, Abuja maintained that the military is apolitical.

He said that necessary measures are being put in place to ensure that they obey President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to maintain neutrality.

He said the personnel are being trained to be more professional while rules of engagement before, during and after the elections have been codified and distributed to them.

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Irabor said the personnel are also receiving professional training on election duties.

He also spoke of the key achievements of the military in the effort to keep the country safe including more recruitment into all branches of the security services, routing of insurgency and banditry as well as curtailing oil theft.

He said that former insurgents, now being trained, would graduate in February of next year before their reintegration into society.

The goal, Irabor said, is to increase the number of on-the-ground personnel to combat insurgency and banditry and curtail oil theft which will eventually lead to increased crude oil production.

Irabor noted that over 300,000 people have been freed from abductors since 2014 while refugees who fled the northeast due to the insurgency have started to return.

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