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Insulate Army from politics, withdraw soldiers from politicians, Wike advice Attahiru

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has advised the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, to withdraw soldiers from politicians.

Wike said this on Tuesday when he received Attahiru who led the General Officer Commanding the 6 Division in Port Harcourt, Major General Sani Mohammed, to the Government House in Port Harcourt.

He advised the Chief of Army Staff to make a difference in the Army and not engage in politics.

“The country is facing a lot of insecurity now. So, withdraw these soldiers from politicians so that the soldiers can go and do their work,” the Governor said.

“In those days when you see a soldier, you run. These days, it is difficult because soldiers have been exposed to politics.

“I want you to make a difference to say that what your interest is to protect Nigerians, fight bandits, insurgency and not to carry ballot boxes.”

Wike lamented the role played by the army in the 2019 election in the state.

“It was a big shame, what happened in 2019 in this State. I am sure you must have watched it on television. I am sure you must have watched where the 6 Division turned to INEC office with ballot papers everywhere,” he said.

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