Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, says it has reviewed its operational contingency plan to checkmate current and emerging security challenges within its area of responsibility with the aim of having a free, fair and credible election.
The division has equally declared its readiness to decisively deal with the contemporary and emerging security challenges within its Area of Operational Responsibility in tandem with the chief of army staff’s (COAS) vision, which is “To have a professionally responsive Nigerian army in the discharge of its constitutional roles.”
The division made this known in a statement signed by the Army Deputy Director, Public Relations of the 82 Division, Colonel Sagir Musa, which was made available to African Examiners on Thursday, in Enugu.
‘This resolution was one of the key agenda during a meeting held by the General Officer Commanding the Division, Major General Emmanuel Kabuk, with his formations and unit commanders, deputy directors and principal staff officers today, Thursday, 6th of December 2018 at the 82 Division’s Conference Room.
“The meeting was held in line with the COAS, Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai’s directive to GOCs, Formations and Unit Commanders to review and fine-tune their Operations’ Contingency Plan towards ensuring free, fair and credible 2019 General Elections and other sundry security challenges across the nation, especially in the Division’s Area of Responsibility (AOR).
‘The COAS has given clear directives to the GOCs to pass on to formations and unit commanders especially as it relates to the Nigerian Army’s (NA) preparations and eventual conduct of the 2019 General Elections in their respective AORs.
“The directives given by the COAS clearly explain how we should conduct ourselves during the 2019 Elections Period. He has directed that commanders and indeed all NA personnel must remain apolitical, professional and responsive to all security challenges,” he further quoted the GOC.
“Therefore, towards achieving the COAS directives, he has further ordered all formation commanders to immediately review their contingency plan towards ensuring free, fair and credible 2019 General Elections, which is the desire of the president, commander in chief.
The GOC, according to the statement, also emphasised the disposition of the Division, which is in obedience to the COAS’ directive, to the effect, “that there must be constant collaboration and synergy with other security agencies within the 82 Division AOR to ensure security, safety of lives and property of law abiding citizens in the South East Zone and indeed in any other part of the Division’s AOR.