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Defence Headquarters warns politicians against the use of military uniforms at political events

Nigerian Defence Headquarters 

The Nigerian Defence Headquarters has said that it is illegal for politicians to wear military attire and accoutrements for electioneering campaign posters and warns against such habit by some politicians.

According to the DHQ, campaign posters of some governors wearing military camouflage uniforms are seen in prominent areas in their respective states.

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

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The stance of the DHQ was contained in a statement signed by the Acting Director of Defence Information, Air Commodore Wap Maigida.

The statement reads in part, “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.

“Accordingly, it is important to advise politicians and others to desist from the use of military uniforms and accoutrements for political events and other engagements henceforth. Please note, anyone found culpable in this regard would be liable to prosecution.”

Source: PUNCH

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