By Chuks Oyema-Aziken
The Nigeria Army has threatened to deal with any of its personnel who fraternises with politicians and undermine national security.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, gave the warning in his address at the COAS First Quarter Conference 2018 on Tuesday in Abuja.
Buratai advised personnel with political ambition to voluntarily retire to avoid being court-martialled.
According to Buratai, a�?I have directed for a special Standing Court Martial to be set up in preparation for the coming 2019 elections.
He said: a�?I must warn that any Nigerian Army personnel found hobnobbing with politicians or being partisan will be investigated and sent to the Special Standing Court Martial.
a�?I must state clearly that any officer or soldier who wishes to be sympathetic to political, religious or ethnic cause should voluntarily retire from the Nigerian Army,a��a�� Buratai said.
He also warned the officers against worshipping outside the barracks except those permitted for wedding and other social functions.
“Therefore, officers and soldiers must restrain themselves from any act of political, religious or ethnic patronage as these would attract severe consequences,a��a�� he said.
Buratai stressed that the military would uphold the unity and integrity of the country, warning that any act by personnel that is inimical to Nigeriaa��s unity would be a�?decisively dealt with.a�?