Nigerian military has reiterated its commitment to the democracy of the nation and Buhari’s administration.
This was in reaction to the statement of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Robert Clarke, who suggested that the current political leadership should hand over power to the military for restructuring.
The Nigerian Armed Forces in a statement signed by the Acting Director Defence Information, Onyema Nwachukwu, dissociated itself from Clarke’s opinion.
The military described the statement as an “anti-democratic utterance and position.”
The statement read further, “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.”
The Armed Forces, therefore, warned: “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 military added that “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