The allegation rocking the Army concerning a plot to forcefully depose President Muhammadu Buhari from office has finally received an official response.
A militant group from the Niger Delta, Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF), had alleged that some officers approached them for support to overthrow the present democratic government.
But the Army in a statement by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman on Thursday, June 23, has said that the allegations were baseless and most unfortunate.
Describing the militants as a “faceless criminal gang of economic saboteurs”, he said that the Nigerian Army is the greatest beneficiary of democracy and therefore cannot ever contemplate any anti-democratic misadventure.
The statement reads in part:
“Certainly, not under the command of the present Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai. Rather, we see this type of dangerous speculation as a declaration of war to destabilize the present government by these unscrupulous elements.”“We also see this speculation as a dangerous distraction to our effort in fighting insurgency and other criminal elements in the country.
“The Nigerian Army would like to send a strong and an unequivocal warning to those speculating a coup by the Nigerian Army against the Government to desist forthwith. We would like state in clear term that we are a product of democracy and a focused professional institution and would have nothing to do with such abomination and heinous crime.
“The Nigerian Army is investigating those behind the dangerous insinuation in order to unravel the real motive behind it.
“We would like to reiterate our unalloyed loyalty to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and defence of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We would also like to reaffirm our unconditional support and obedience to civil authority.
“We wish to further assure Nigerians and indeed all peace loving people that the Nigerian Army and indeed its personnel will never be involved in such terrible misadventure.
“We wish to further add that no matter how long it takes, we would track and find out those behind these insinuations and bring them to justice.”
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