The Defence Headquarters has cautioned soldiers about plots to destabilise President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and condemned a call for the military to seize power, focusing on Nigeria’s democratic rule.
“We also want to warn all military officers that merely contemplating this illegality is treasonous,” the army added. “The full force of the legislation will be brought to bear on all workers deemed to be in cahoots with people who have such an agenda.”
The world is in the grip of national anarchy, marked by indiscriminate killings and kidnappings, as its security forces scramble to combat rogue terrorists and other criminal elements.
On Monday, the Nigerian Army reaffirmed its commitment to President Buhari and the Nigerian Constitution.
“The Nigerian military wants to distance itself from those anti-democratic statements and actions.
“Let it be noted unequivocally that the Armed Forces of Nigeria remain completely committed to the current government and all relevant political institutions,” the statement said.
Brig.-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, the army’s spokesman, confirmed this in a statement issued in Abuja.
Mr Nwachukwu claimed that the military was made aware of a statement proposing that the new political leadership hand over authority to the military for reconstruction.
According to him, the alleged remark was made by Robert Clark (SAN).
“We will continue to be apolitical, obedient to civil authorities, and steadfastly loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the 1999 Constitution as Amended.
“We will continue to fulfil our constitutional duties professionally, especially in preserving the country’s independence, defending the country’s territorial integrity, and protecting citizens’ lives and property,” the military vowed.
The army also cautioned that the military high command would not tolerate misguided leaders who harboured irrational ambitions to govern the country outside of the electoral process.
The Defence Headquarters warned policymakers not to propose or intend a military coup, stating that the military, under the current leadership, is steadfast in protecting the nation’s independence and development.
“The current security issues are not insurmountable, as the military, in collaboration with other security services, is working tirelessly to address the problem.
“Nigeria will know peace once more,” it promised.