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Election must hold in Nigeria — Chief of Defence Staff, Irabor

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor, on Monday revealed that the election would take place in the South East and across Nigeria on February 25 and March 11, 2023, as planned by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Irabor said the country won’t allow anyone to disturb another or deprive him or her the right to vote and be voted for.

The CDS made this revelation at the presentation of the scorecard of the Ministry of Defence under the Muhammadu Buhari government in Abuja from 2015 till date.

The CDS said the country’s armed forces would allow every citizen go out and cast votes for the candidates of their choice.

Irabor said, “An operation is being conducted in the South East and it is geared towards bringing some sanity to bear in the entire South East and to ensure that the citizens have the confidence to go out and exercise their franchise on the 25th of February and the 11th of March 2023.

“So, be rest assured and I would like to enjoin you journalists to spread the message that elections will hold in all parts of Nigeria and especially in the South East. The armed forces of Nigeria are working in concert with the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies to ensure that the menace of criminality from IPoB/ESN is eliminated,” the CDS declared.

The CDS further explained: “Whereas no territory is under the control of any of those criminal elements, operations must continue because there are a few stragglers among them. The final cleansing is ongoing to clear the remnants of terrorists in the northeast or any part of Nigeria. There is no territory of Nigeria let alone the North East that is under the control of any of those criminal elements. But that does not imply that they are not still making attempts to ensure that their last vestiges remain, which of course, we are holding onto to ensure that they don’t exist.”

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