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April polls: Be apolitical, GOC counsels soldiers

By Anayo Okoli
AS the 2011 political activities gather momentum, the General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, Major General Sarkin Yakin Bello, has advised officers and soldiers under his command to be apolitical and ensure that law and order reigned in their areas of operation.

Bello also charged the soldiers to exhibit exemplary conduct during and after the 2011 elections, and to be law abiding at all times.

The General Officer, who gave the advice when he visited some of the formations and units under his command, which covers 11 states of the federation, also urged the soldiers to be ready to maintain law and order whenever they were called upon to do so.

According to a statement issued by the Assistant Public Relations Officer, 82 Division, Lt. Col. Sagir Musa, the GOC has been touring the formations and units under his command to familiarize himself with the officers and men and to encourage and boost their morale.

He said the GOC’s mission was also to remind his officers and men of the need to protect and strengthen the nation’s democracy by ensuring that they remained apolitical in the discharge of their duties.

Bello also reminded the various formations and units on the need to be vigilant, especially as the 2011 elections approached, to ensure that violence was nipped in the bud.

According to the statement, the GOC conveyed to the soldiers the goodwill and appreciation of the Chief of Army Staff for their efforts in the maintenance of law and order so far, and his desire for them to maintain the momentum.


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