Military remains loyal to the Constitution, disregard Coup rumors – Defence Headquarters

by on May 25, 2017

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has broken its silence on the ru­mours of a coup plot dominating the polity in the past two weeks.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, had re­cently cautioned military offic­ers against hobnobbing with politicians and warned that an­yone caught involving in parti­san politics would be severely dealt with.
Since then, the political turf has been awash with debates and cautioning against military in­tervention in the country’s gov­ernance.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Defence spokes­man, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, asked Nigerians not to lose sleep on the issue because the military remains loyal to the constitution and would continue to subordi­nate itself to civil authority.
Enenche said that Gen. Bu­ratai’s warning was a routine caution handed down by com­manders at intervals to remind officers and men of their profes­sional obligation to the country, and should not be misconstrued to mean a coup scare.
He said: “Professionally, it is a command responsibility to caution officers and men on routine basis to conform to the ethics of the military in all ram­ifications, which includes inter­actions and exchange of visits among others.
“This is to prevent members of the armed forces from derail­ing from their core focus of to­tal dedication to their oath of al­legiance.
“Consequently, all fears about a coup should be allayed as the contemporary Nigerian military is abreast with the best international practice in govern­ance, which is democracy.
“The armed forces will re­main totally loyal to the Com­mander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and in com­plete subordination to civil rule,” he said.
In a statement two weeks ago, the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Us­man, said that “some individ­uals are approaching officers, soldiers for some undisclosed reasons.
Reacting to the comments, Rivers State Governor, Nyesome Wike, urged the Army to stop posting soldiers to politicians.
Wike asked: “Who are those approving battalions of soldiers for politicians? If they don’t want soldiers to follow politi­cians, they should stop giving soldiers to politicians.”
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, warned on Monday that the people of Lagos like other Ni­gerians would not support any military coup.
On the alleged posting of soldiers to politicians, Gen. Enenche explained that only C-in-C and the Minister of De­fence are entitled to military Aide-De-Camp in accordance with global practices.
On Tuesday, presidential spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesi­na, at a media parley to mark two years of APC administra­tion, urged Nigerians to ig­nore the coup rumours, saying “it should not be stretched be­yond what the military author­ities had said.”

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