Defense headquarters reaffirmed its loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, saying he has no intention of taking power.
Nigeria returned to democratic rule in 1999 after decades of dark despotic military rule. However, the country’s democracy has been plagued with a number of challenges, with many calling for devolution of powers, fiscal federalism, restructuring, and even total secession.
But the DHQ in a statement warned politicians fueling the ambition to rule Nigeria outside the polls, saying the military is committed to defending Nigerian democracy.
The statement was signed by DHQ’s Acting Director of Defense Information, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu. It was titled, ‘Nigerian Military Remain Loyal to the Nigerian Constitution and Government.’
The statement read: “The attention of the military high command has been drawn to a statement allegedly made by one Robert Clark SAN, suggesting that the current political leadership should hand over power to the military for the purpose of restructuring it.
“The Nigerian army wishes to disassociate itself from such an undemocratic statement and position. Let it be categorically stated that the Nigerian Armed Forces remain fully committed to the current Administration and all associated democratic institutions.
“We will remain apolitical, subordinate to the Civil Authority, firmly loyal to the President, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and the 1999 Constitution as amended.
“We will continue to fulfill our constitutional responsibilities in a professional manner, especially in protecting the country’s democracy, defending the country’s territorial integrity, and protecting the lives and property of citizens.
“The Military High Command wishes to take this opportunity to warn the misguided politicians who fuel the inordinate ambition to rule this country outside the polls to banish thoughts such as that the military under the current leadership remains determined in Defense of Nigerian Democracy and its growth.
“We also wish to remind all military personnel that it is treason to even contemplate this illegality. The full wrath of the law will be exercised on any personnel found in collusion with people who have such an agenda.
“Today’s security challenges are not insurmountable. The Nigerian Armed Forces, in partnership with other security agencies, are working assiduously to improve the challenge. Nigeria will know peace again. “