Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State has called for the immediate withdrawal of soldiers from politicians.
Governor Wike made the call on T0day (24th March 2021) when he received the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, at the Government House in Port Harcourt.
He asked the Chief of Army Staff to withdraw soldiers from politicians so that the officers can secure the country effectively, adding that the Nigerian Army is overstretched.
Wike advised the Army Chief not to engage in politics, lamenting the role played by the army in the 2019 election in River state.
The governor urged the Chief of Army Staff to curb the security challenges facing the country and make a difference in his new position.
Wike said: “The country is facing a lot of insecurity now. So, withdraw these soldiers from politicians so that the soldiers can go and do their work.
“In those days when you see a soldier, you run. These days, it is difficult because soldiers have been exposed to politics.
“I want you to make a difference to say that what your interest is to protect Nigerians, fight bandits, insurgency and not to carry ballot boxes.”
“It was a big shame, what happened in 2019 in this State. I am sure you must have watched it on television. I am sure you must have watched where the 6 Division turned to INEC office with ballot papers everywhere.”
The Chief of Army Staff was in Rivers State on an operational visit to units under the 6th division of the Nigerian Army led by Major General Sani Mohammed.