Be neutral during polls, rights group tells Army
By Egufe Yafugborhi
PORT HARCOURT—INITIATIVES for Credible Election, ICE, has implored the Nigerian Army to maintain neutrality in stakeholders’ efforts at ending the culture of violence and malpractices during elections in Rivers State.
ICE, led by Ledum Mitee, sought the assurance of neutrality by the military when the group visited Major General Musa Yusuf, General Officer Commanding, GOC, 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Bori Camp, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Mitee, at the closed door meeting ICE held with the Army, told the GOC that the body took the initiative to lead stakeholders’ sensitisation on peaceful elections in Rivers State as early warning signs indicated that the state might be heading for another violent elections in 2019.
Addressing newsmen on the outcome of the meeting, Mitee, former President of Movement for Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, said: “One of the assurances we got was the commitment to neutrality, that the Army, as a policy, will not get involved in elections.
“He (GOC) assured us that the Army will do its best within its constitutional role which is to support civil society against break down of law and order. He affirmed that his men were very professional.
“He also gave indications that the armed forces have set modalities to deal with any infractions among its men if such a situation arises.”