Nigeria elections: Military reacts to IPOB sit-at-home order

 Nigeria elections: Military reacts to IPOB sit-at-home order

Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin – Chief of Defence Staff. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE.

The Nigerian military on Thursday frowned at the call for boycott of the general elections by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Defence Staff, in a statement, warned that no form of intimidation or harassment would be tolerated on election days.

He said: “Members of the public are also advised to disregard the call to stay at home on the day of the election being circulated in some parts of the country.

“The stay-at-home leaflets being circulated and similar on-line messages are part of the handiwork of mischief makers who are bent on scuttling the process and should be ignored.

“I want to assure the general public that the security services are prepared to support the Police to ensure safe conduct of the elections.”

Meanwhile, Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria, VON, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, has said members of IPOB were a fringe portion of the entire populace and as such would not be a threat to Saturday’s polls.

Okechukwu, who spoke in Enugu on Thursday during a Southeast rally for President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, said such existed in every democracy.

Okechukwu said, “People who are saying we should not participate in the election are in the fringe.

“If we were listening to them, why are the people spending their money, their strength running up and down to become one thing or the other.

“So, please, we should discountenance the fringe elements, they exist in every society, even in the churches.”

Ayomide Oyewole

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