Wearing military uniforms for campaigns, risking prosecution – DHQ

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Defense Headquarters warned politicians against wearing military uniforms and accessories for their campaign posters.

He accused some state governors of being guilty, noting that they wore military uniforms on their campaign posters and displayed them in strategic locations.

In a statement released on Wednesday by the Acting Director of Defense Information, Air Commodore Wap Maigida, the military called such an act illegal and abuse of privilege.

The statement was titled “The Wearing of Military Uniforms by Unauthorized Persons and Politicians for Election Campaign Posters is Illegal”.

He said: “Defense Headquarters have noted with dismay that some politicians have made a habit of wearing military uniforms and accessories for campaign posters.

“Campaign posters of some governors, dressed in military camouflage uniforms, are displayed in visible areas in their respective states.

“This is clearly illegal and constitutes an abuse of the privilege of allowing civilians to wear military uniforms during military training exercises.

“It is necessary to reaffirm that the Armed Forces of Nigeria, as a professional institution, remain apolitical and, as such, will not want to be drawn into any form of political bias. ”

He urged politicians and others to renounce the use of military uniforms and equipment for political events and other engagements henceforth.

Maigida stressed that anyone found guilty would be liable to prosecution.

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