PDP Chieftain Warns Against Dragging Military Into Politics

nigeria elections 2011Former Managing Director of defunct Nigerian Airways and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Niger State, Air Commodore Peter Gana, rtd., has warned politicians in the country not to drag the military into the murky waters of partisan politics.

Mr. Gana, who gave the warning while speaking with newsmen in the build up to the March 28 and April 11 general elections, noted that “the military all over the world is a unifying force for every nation”, stressing that the military should be allowed to complement the efforts of the police during the elections.

The PDP chieftain advised that, “We should not do anything that will demoralise our military right now, or to even distract them from their primary duty of maintaining the territorial integrity of this country”.

On the argument and counter-argument for the use of the military during elections, Gana stated that, “There is no way that the police alone can provide all the security cover which is required for such a major activity like the election which is coming up and the military have said they are ready to provide support to the civil police, so let us allow them to do that and we should be careful not to distract them by unnecessary criticism and by getting them into partisan politics”.

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