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Danbazau restates military’s readiness to defend democracy

By Abdulwahab Abdulah

LAGOS — Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt.-Gen Bello Danbazau, yesterday said his leadership would continue to have zero tolerance for the men and officers of the Nigerian Army who attempt to jeopardise the present democratic structure in the country.

Speaking at a five-day seminar on democracy, peace building and conflict management with the theme: “Nigeria’s Democracy and the Military: Prospects and Challenges” in Lagos, the COAS reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Army to the constituted authority and the unalloyed defence of Nigeria’s democracy and the rule of law.

According to Danbazau, who was represented by the GOC 81 Division, Lagos, Maj.-Gen. A.G. Nwaguma, the military, as an institution in the present democratic dispensation, could not be an island unto itself in the quest for professional excellence, adding that any action taken by the military must be in conformity with the rule of law.

The seminar put together by a non-governmental organisation , Impact for Change and Development, in conjunction with the Nigerian Army College of Logistics, NACOL, with support from the German-based Konrad Adenauer Foundation, was aimed at enlightening the military, especially the Army on how to relate peacefully with women and children in war and at peace.


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