The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Lucky Irabor, has urged politicians to work for a peaceful polls come 2023.
Speaking during the operational briefing of the military in Abuja,on Thursday, the CDS called on them to shun all forms of violence and thuggery before, during and after the forthcoming elections.
He stated that the desire to have peaceful general elections by Nigerians must come to fruition.
“We are going towards a season that everyone has been desiring, which is to have a peaceful electioneering and elections.
“Please, do not think that is just the responsibility of the government; the responsibility is for everyone to ensure that we have a peaceful electioneering so that every one of us will have a country that we will be proud of.
“If we don’t have a country, there will be no appointive positions to aspire for. So, the most important thing regarding this forthcoming election is that we must conduct ourselves peacefully.
“Anyone looking forward to being elected must do it within the ambit of the provisions of the law. We will not in any way, stand aside and see those who perpetrate violence all because they are looking for political and appointive offices.
“Nigeria remains a nation that must be peaceful, and Nigerians deserve to live in peace. And so, we will not allow criminals to have their way.
“We’re working very closely with the police, and we’re ready to give them all the support that is necessary because, going forward, Nigeria must be peaceful”, he stated.
Irabor warned that the military would not fold its arms and watch politicians cause unrest in the country.