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Democracy Has Come To Stay In Nigeria – CDS Irabor

General Lucky Irabor

January 16, (THEWILL) – The military has reassured Nigerians of its support for constitutional democracy in the country.

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, gave the assurances on Sunday, in Abuja.

Speaking with newsmen after the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration, Irabor dismissed the thought of any possibility of the military taking over power in Nigeria, saying democracy has come to stay in the country.

He also assured that the Armed Forces would work solidly behind the Nigerian Police Force, which is the lead security agency to ensure safe, free and fair general elections in 2023.

“Never again, will we see men in uniform take power.

“Let me say, democracy has come to stay. I mean, government of the people, by the people and for the people in Nigeria has come to stay. That is an assurance, and then of course for the elections, I am sure you know, that the police are on the lead.

“I have been discussing with the Inspector General of Police, IGP, and of course, we have also made contingencies should we be required to give support to the police as the election is conducted. I think for Nigerians, you are rest assured that the Armed Forces remain solidly behind the police to be able to give them all the support as required”, he pledged.

“The Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration is not a day of mourning. It is the day that we need to give thanks to God, that men and women of this great nation once served, are serving and will continue to serve this country.

“And that we have that level of love for country that men and women have committed to and, if need be, sacrifice their lives so that the rest of us can be live. I think it’s a worthy thing.

“So, today, it is a very unique day, that the nation has set it aside to value, to place a premium on the services and honouring the services of men or women of our great country.

“And I think that is the message that has gone across to all personnel of the armed forces. So, we are more motivated to continue to play our part.

“And then for the veterans to also know that their services, the sacrifices that they made is not in vain, which, of course, is quite motivating for them too”, he added.