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Desist from wearing military uniform during campaigns, DHQ warns politicians


The Defence Headquarters has urged politicians to desist from wearing military uniforms and accoutrements during their political campaigns.

According to a statement on Wednesday night by the acting Director Defence Information, Air Commodore Wap Maigida, the military accused some governors of dressing in military uniform on campaign posters displayed them at strategic places.

The military described such acts as illegal and abuse of privilege noting that anyone found culpable would be liable to prosecution.

The Statement was titled, “Wearing of military uniform by unauthorized persons and politicians for electioneering campaign posters is illegal”

It read, “The Defence Headquarters has noticed with dismay that some politicians have formed the habit of wearing military uniforms and accoutrements for electioneering campaign posters.

“The campaign posters of some Governors, dressed in military camouflage uniforms, are displayed in noticeable areas in their respective states.

“This is manifestly illegal and an abuse of the privilege of allowing civilians wear military uniforms during military training exercises.

“It is necessary to restate that the Armed Forces of Nigeria, as a professional institution, remains apolitical and, as such, would not want to be dragged into any form of political bias.”