The Chief of Army Staff, Major. Gen. Tukur Buratai has revealed that the military and other security agencies would ensure peaceful election during the forthcoming election in the country.
Buratai gave the assurance on Thursday while flagging off Operation Egwu Eke III (Python Dance) in Owo, Ondo State, southwest Nigeria.
The army chief assured Nigerians of adequate security of lives and property before, during and after the 2019 elections.
Buratai, who was represented by the General Officer Commanding 2 Division of Nigerian Army, Major. Gen. Okwudili Azinta, said the exercise was designed at checkmating the threat that may arise before, during and after the 2019 elections, as well as to curb the spate of insecurity in the state.
His words: “This exercise will be on from today till February 24 to checkmate the activities of criminals before, during and after the coming elections.
“Our men will be everywhere in the state both on land and water to check the threat of criminals who might want to catch on the current security situation in the country and Ondo State to cause trouble.
“Let me also assure the people of the state that there will not be hidden place for kidnappers in the state.”
The army chief, who also vowed to deal with political thugs planning to disrupt the electoral process, admonished politicians to desist from arming youths for political gains, adding that anyone caught would not be spared.
On the other hand, Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu who was also at the event, lauded the military for their efforts in ensuring peace in the state and across the country.
Akeredolu revealed that no meaningful development could take place in a society devoid of peace, and assured of continued support of his administration with all security agencies in the state.
Also present at the event were the state Commissioner of Police, Gbenga Adeyanju; his NSCDC counterpart, Pedro Awili, as well as other heads of security agencies who pledged to collaborate with each other in order for sustainable peace to be achieved in the state and the country at large.