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Military must be committed to democracy- Oshiomhole

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, has said that the Military must be committed to the country’s democracy.

Speaking at the launch of the peace emblem of the Nigerian Legion in Benin City, Oshiomhole, said, “In Nigeria, we are battling with a political system where people declare themselves leaders without being elected.  The Nigerian military must stand on the side of democracy.  They must refuse to assist any political party to impose itself on Nigeria.  In fact any other party, including the party that I belong to.

“And once we stand by the people and we stand to defend democracy, not defend individuals, defending the system, when Nigerian people can determine and elect their Commander-in-Chief, truly elected, that Commander-in-Chief will have the moral authority to preside over the affairs of Nigeria.

“Therefore,  the campaign of ‘one man, one vote’ must be carried even into the military barracks.  Offices are appointed and promoted on merit, but Commanders-in-Chiefs are elected by the ordinary people.  So I believe this is an occasion that demands deep commitment to the nation because the greatest injustice that would be done to the memory of those officers who died to keep Nigeria one, is for us as we approach this election, to do something that will create conditions that can possibly weaken the country.

“There is no greater time than now, as we approach the next elections for the Nigerian Armed Forces to make a statement that they are for the Nigerian nation and nobody else.  I have no doubt that you have done so in the past.

“Only recently I believe, the Nigerian military was summoned to duty in Delta State.  I am sure you will be summoned to such duties as we approach the April elections. They must make the difference between the nation and the individual, regardless of the level of that individual,” he added.


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