Connect with us


Defence minister, Matawalle, orders DIA to go after those calling for military coup



Bello Matawalle

Those calling for coup may have the Federal Government to contend with, as the Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawalle has directed the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), to go after them.

The minister also described those calling for truncation of constitutional government in the country as criminals and enemies of democracy who should be brought to justice.

Matawalle, whose directive was contained in a statement signed by the Director of Press and Information in the ministry, Henshaw Ogubike, said: “Some mischief makers posted viral videos and inciting statement on the media depicting a false situation and impression and encouraging the military to truncate the constitution, which will never happen because Nigerians have aligned with a democratic culture, which makes coup no longer fashionable.

“Just because criminal elements attacked a warehouse and a haulage vehicle carrying food items to other parts of the country, is not enough reason for unpatriotic individuals to resort to call for military intervention which has no place in modern realities.”

According to Matawalle, a former governor of Zamfara State, those calling for the undemocratic change of government are agents of darkness.”

In the statement, titled “Democracy is Working in Nigeria,” the minister warned those calling for truncation of constitutional government in the country.

Read also: House calls on FIRS to recover N5trn unpaid taxes

The statement read in part: “The minister warned coup mongers calling for the unconstitutional change of government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to desist from their inglorious call, warning that government would not treat those behind it with kid gloves.

“The call for violent change of government by the military is absurd, preposterous and naive as the military has come to reality with democratic government in Nigeria and are focused on their constitutional duty of defending the constitution.

“The minister warns against the dangerous allure of coups. He said those calling for coup do not love Nigeria. Under the present government, there will be no military takeover of power.

“He emphasizes the need for elected leaders to lead, while the military fulfills its duty of protecting the constitution.”

Join the conversation


Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism

Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.

As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.

If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.

Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.

Donate Now