The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor has said that politicians are already mounting pressure on the armed forces to rig the 2023 general elections.
General Irabor, who spoke to newsmen at the Presidential villa, Abuja today, December 8, said that soldiers and officers are often induced and pressured to influence elections.
He, however, said that the officers will remain committed to free and fair elections as efforts are being made to ensure that the personnel obey President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive on neutrality.
He said that the rules of engagement before, during and after the elections have been handed to the officers, even as he assured that the military will remain neutral and apolitical.
General Iranor called on members of the public to maintain confidence in the military.
Nigerians will head to the polls in February and March next year to elect new leaders at both state and federal levels. Eighteen candidates are jostling for the Presidency.