The Nigerian Armed Forces has sent a strong warning to any of its personnel in collusion with ambitious civilians who are thinking of coup to topple the present government of President Muhammadu Buhari to bury the thought immediately.
A statement today, May 3, by the Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, said that the Armed Forces of Nigeria remain fully committed to the present administration and all associated democratic institutions.
The statement warned politicians who nurse the inordinate ambition to rule this country outside the ballot box to banish such thoughts, assuring that the military under the current leadership remain resolute in the defence of Nigeria’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.
“The current security challenges are not insurmountable. The Armed Forces of Nigeria in partnership with other other security Agencies are working assiduously to ameliorate the challenge. Nigeria will know peace again.”
The statement which was in reaction to the call by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Robert Clarke, demanding that the military should control the government temporarily and restructure Nigeria, stressed that the military shall continue to remain apolitical, subordinate to the civil authority, firmly loyal to the Commander-in-Chief, President Buhari and the 1999 Constitution as amended.
The statement added that the military will continue to discharge its responsibilities professionally, protect the country’s democracy, defend the territorial integrity of the country and protect of lives and properties of citizens.