The Military high command on Monday rebuffed invitations to take over the government affirming its continued loyalty to constitutional authority as symbolized by President Muhammadu Buhari as it warned officers and men of the Nigerian military against any coup.
The military in a tersely worded statement obtained by GreenWhiteGreen GWG also warned the officers corps and the rank and file of all services to shun all such invitations which it said amounted to treason with punishments specifically spelt out.
The military’s reaction followed a statement by prominent lawyer, Robert Clarke, SAN in which he was quoted as saying that Nigeria would not exist in the next six months under the present circumstances and asked that the military be invited to take over control.
While warning politicians to stop luring the military to breach the democratic structures, the military in the statement issued by the Acting Director Defence Information, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, said:
The attention of the military high command has been drawn to a statement purported to have been made by one Robert Clark SAN, suggesting that current political leadership should hand over power to the military for the purpose of restructuring.
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.
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 Mohammadu 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.
Nigerian Military Warns Against Coup Talks
The Military High Command wishes to use this opportunity to warn misguided politicians who nurse the inordinate ambition to rule this country outside the ballot box to banish such thoughts as 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 security agencies are working assiduously to ameliorate the challenge. Nigeria will know peace again. PLEASE BE WARNED!