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Military warns personnel over suggestions of coup



The Defence Headquarters has criticised reports associating it with any takeover from the current democratic dispensation while pledging its loyalty to the Nigerian Constitution.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

He said that the Defence Headquarters would advise those politicians to banish such thoughts, adding that the military under the current leadership remained resolute in the defence of the nation’s democracy and its growth.

“We also wish to remind all military personnel that it is treasonable to even contemplate this illegality.

“The full wrath of the law will be brought to bear on any personnel found to collude with people having such agenda,” he said.

According to Nwachukwu, the attention of the military high command had been drawn to a statement suggesting that current political leadership should hand over power to the military for the purpose of restructuring.

He said that the statement was purported to have been made by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Robert Clark.

“The Nigerian Military wishes to dissociate itself from such anti-democratic utterance and position.

“Let it be stated categorically that the Armed Forces of Nigeria remain fully committed to the present Administration and all associated democratic institutions.

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“We shall continue to remain apolitical, subordinate to the Civil Authority, firmly loyal to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and the 1999 Constitution as Amended.

“We shall continue to discharge our constitutional responsibilities professionally, especially in protecting the country’s democracy, defence of the territorial integrity of the country as well as protection of lives and properties of citizens,” he said.

The military high command would not tolerate misguided politicians who nursed the inordinate ambition to rule the country outside the ballot box, the DHQ further clarified.

By Mayowa Oladeji…

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