Air Commodore Wap Maigida, the Acting Director of Defence Information, has said that wearing of military uniform is illegal for anyone who is not a member of the military, including politicians.
He claimed that by doing so, anyone found guilty in this regard would face criminal charges.
The Acting Director of Defence Information issued this statement following the discoveries that certain politicians have developed a habit of campaigning in military uniforms and accoutrements.
This will not be condoned by the military he says.
The statement reads;
“The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has noticed with dismay that some politicians have formed the habit of wearing of military uniforms and accoutrements for electioneering campaign posters.”
“The campaign posters of some Governors, dressed in military camouflage uniforms, are displayed in noticeable areas in their respective states. This is manifestly illegal and an abuse of the privilege of allowing civilians wear military uniforms during military training exercises.”
“It is necessary to restate that the Armed Forces of Nigeria, as a professional institution, remains apolitical and, as such, would not want to be dragged into any form of political bias. Accordingly, it is important to advise politicians and others to desist from the use of military uniforms and accoutrements for political events and other engagements henceforth. Please note, anyone found culpable in this regard would be liable to prosecution.”