…says it’s illegal for governors to wear it in electioneering campaign posters
By: Okosun Dennis
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Wednesday warned every politician from every strata of the Nigerian society to stay away from using all military uniforms especially camouflage in electioneering campaign posters.
It was observed with dismay that the force has noticed that some politicians have formed the habit of wearing military uniforms and accoutrements for electioneering campaign posters.
The Acting Director Defence Information, Air Commodore WAP Maigida reiterated that campaign posters of some Governors, dressed in military camouflage uniforms, are displayed in noticeable areas in their respective states.
“This is manifestly illegal and an abuse of the privilege of allowing civilians wear military uniforms during military training exercises.
“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.
The statement added that “anyone found culpable in this regard would be liable to prosecution.”