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Military reacts to ‘coup plot’ against Osinbajo



The Nigerian military has restated ​its unalloyed loyalty to the
President Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria’s Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari
and total subordination to political and constituted civil authorities
in the country.
This is contained in a statement on Thursday by Major General John Enenche, Director Defence Information.

It condemned content of an article cautioning military officers
against carrying out ‘coup’ being allegedly plotted by a cabal against
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
The statement said the publication was aimed at undermining the
efforts of the Armed Forces of Nigeria towards tackling the security
challenges in the country and should be disregarded as an unfounded and
absolute disinformation.
​”​It is therefore pertinent to clarify ​that ​he Chief of Army Staff
never raised any scare of a coup ​in​ May 2017​. Rather it was a normal
service administrative caution to officers and men, that was issued by
the Army on relationship between service personnel and civilians. Thus,
the contrary assertion reported is a gross and evil intended message to
the general public and therefore should be disregarded.

​”The BBC’s Hard Talk with the Chief of Army Staff during his
official visit to the United Kingdom was never arranged by any group or
cabal as reported. It is a normal media practice to interact with
principals of organizations on topical issues at such opportunities,
which was what happened.​ ​It was not for any image burnishing as
maliciously purported. Hence, it should be ignored.

​”​The book launched on Brigadier General Zakaria Maimalari in Abuja
on 3 July 2017 was attended by notable senior citizens of Nigeria among
others, including; former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon GCFR and
former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR, both, who by every
standard can never belong to any such thing as Cabals.
​”​It was not a cover for any power take over as wickedly portrayed
not minding the presence of key patriotic elder statesmen and leaders at
the event. This shows clear lack of situation analysis capability due
to ulterior motive. Hence, should be discountenanced.

​”Nigerian Military in the recent past has been in the fore front of
the Country’s foreign policy and political direction of ensuring
political stability in the West African Sub Region. The cases of Guinea
Bissau, Equatorial Guinea and The Gambia are still fresh in the memory
of Nigerians. In the Gambia, the Armed Forces of Nigeria took the lead
in the military coalition to ensure that the will of Gambians was
achieved and democracy sustained.

​”​Thus, it is morally, practically, professionally and ethically
impossible for the contemporary Nigerian Military to embark on
truncating democracy in its own Country. More so, members of the Armed
Forces of Nigeria are in tune with best global practices of governance,
which is civil democracy​.”​

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