Nigerian Military Says No Confirmation Of Coup Plot

Photo credit: TheCableng
Photo credit: TheCableng

The Nigeria Defence Headquarters has said that there is no confirmation of a coup plot by any group of officers in the armed forces.

Director of defence information, John Enenche made this known while speaking with journalists on Wednesday.

It would be recalled that the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, had last week issued a statement warning officers and men of the army to stay away from politics and politicians.

Buratai in his statement said he had information that some officers were holding meetings with politicians for “undisclosed reasons”.

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But spokesman of the DHQ, during his interaction with newsmen on Wednesday said there was no confirmation that a coup was being planned by anybody in the Nigerian military.

Enenche said the warning by the COAS was a caution to officers to remain professional in their conducts.

He reiterated that the armed forces remain loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari, urging Nigerians to disregard any rumour of imminent coup.

“All fears about a coup should be allayed as the contemporary Nigerian military is abreast with the best international practices in governance, which is democracy,” the defence spokesman said.

“It is pertinent to state that if there are signs of actions that point to likely breaches of military code of conduct as it were, professionally, it is a command responsibility to caution officers and men on routine basis to conform to ethics of the military.

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“Officers and men are cautioned to exercise command and control by appropriate superior authorities through commanders at various levels.

“This is to prevent members of the armed forces from derailing from their core focus of total dedication to their oath of allegiance.

“Cautions or warnings are issued with investigations following.”

Following the warning by the Chief of Army Staff, several eminent Nigerians had warned that Nigerians will resist any action that could plunge the country back to the dark days of Military rule.

Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and former Governor of Lagos State Bola Tinubu, lent his voice to the calls, urging anyone mulling the idea of coup to desist.

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Tinubu said that the democracy being enjoyed in the country today came at a price so high some people had to pay the ultimate price for it.