Mimiko tasks military on protection of democracy

Governor Olusegun Mimiko

The Ondo Governor hosted a Army chief on Thursday.


The Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko, has called on the Nigerian military to assist in defending the nation’s democracy.

Mr. Mimiko stated this on Thursday, in his office in Akure, during a visit by the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Ahmed Jibrin.

Mr. Mimiko appreciated the role played by the military and other security agencies during the October 20, 2012 governorship election in the state, which paved the way for peaceful conduct during an election that was devoid of bloodshed and rancour.

He noted that democracy as the bedrock of the nation’s development must be well protected through the collaboration between the military and civil society.

The Governor also stated that his administration would continue to support the families of the fallen heroes with loans and credit facilities, stressing that youth engagement in productive ventures would continue to be prioritized with a view to ensuring peace and development across the state.

Earlier in his address, the GOC assured that the military will not relent in protecting the nation’s democracy and also reiterated their unalloyed loyalty to civil authority and dictate of the constitution of Nigeria.

Mr. Jibrin had earlier urged men and officers of the Nigerian Army to avoid meddling in civilian affairs in order not to ridicule the profession. He gave the warning at the 32, Artillery Brigade, Owena cantonment, Akure.

Mr. Jibrin, a Major General, said civil matters should be handled in “a civil way,” and urged his men to abstain from mediating or allowing themselves to be used negatively in such matters.

“Avoid any involvement in civil matter, don’t use your position or uniform to intimidate people and do not take the law into your hand because you believe that your brother or sister is being cheated. Let the matter be handled in a civil way rather than using force,” he said.

The Army Chief also called on the officers to be security conscious and urged them to act as security officers both within the barracks and their community, telling them to report any security threat to the authorities.

He advised them to cultivate a good relationship with their immediate community while the sanitation of the barracks and commitment to their families should be given priority.

Mr. Jibrin congratulated the brigade for their efforts in maintaining law and order during the last governorship election in the state saying the conduct of the election has been adjudged as one the best in Nigeria.

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