Rights Commission, Foreign Observers Thumb up Army on 2019 Elections
The Nigerian Army has been commended for the role it played during the just concluded 2019 general elections even in the face of provocation.
The commendation was made by Mr Solomon Semaka who led a delegation of the Committee on Foreign observers and International Human Rights on Civil Military Relations when they presented a plaque/Certificate to the Nigerian Army in Abuja.
He commended the Nigeria Army for its high sense of integrity and professionalism in relation to respect for Human Rights of civilians during the general election process, adding that the group holds the view that the Nigerian Army exhibited the acceptable restraint and discipline even in the face of provocation by politicians.
He, however, noted the neutrality and professionalism of the Nigerian Military and the Nigerian Army in comparison with their experiences in other countries like Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, Niger, Chad and Cameroon during election process.
“Our organization compared and reviewed notes with other foreign observer groups, and the high point of convergence and agreement was the integrity and professionalism of Nigerian Army in relation to respect for Human Rights of civilians during the election process. This is very highly commendable, and underscores our commendation visit today,” he said.
Responding, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai expressed gratitude for the plaque and the certificate on behalf of the Nigeria Army and reiterated the Nigerian Army’s willingness to continue to discharge its function in line with constitution of Nigeria.
The Chief of Army staff was represented by Chief of Policy and Plans, Major General AA Nani.
General Buratia further said “We are therefore happy to see international organizations applauding our contribution to sustain democracy in Nigeria,”.