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Military rebuffs requested coup interference

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By Mercy Kelani

Requests to overthrow the democratic government is considered unpatriotic.

Nigerian president, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, stated that his top priorities are personnel welfare and operational capability of security agencies. Defence Headquarters (DHQ) of the country disregarded requests for the Armed Forces to intervene in the democratic process of the country, asserting that the betterment of Nigeria relies on democracy. The new administration affirmed that there will be adequate provision for the promotion of the operational capability of security and law enforcement agencies and improvement of the welfare of personnel.

This is in accordance with the administration’s renewed drive to tackle security and associated concerns nationwide. The reactions of the DHQ was in response to the recent rumours of poor welfare among troops in the defence and a request for the military to take over government. According to a statement issued by the Director of Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Tukur Gusau, the DHQ regarded the request to overthrow the Nigerian civilian government as unpatriotic and wicked.

It was rumoured that troops in some quarters were not well taken care of.

Gusau asserted that the military attempt would be unsuccessful, affirming that the military will experience happiness and betterment under democracy. He further stated that they would have no involvement in any act that condemns constitutional order in Nigeria. In his statement, he assured that the military would not relent in its performance of its constitutional duties, and would not plot any coup against the current democratic administration. With this, he asserted that there would be no distraction for the armed forces of Nigeria.

The Director of Defence Information further stated that the Nigerian armed forces, under the governance of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, would under no circumstance get involved in whatsoever form of insubordination. He stressed that reports requesting that the military intervenes in Nigeria’s democracy is a means of distracting them for diligently carrying out their constitutional obligations. He likewise condemned allegations that troops in some quarters were not properly taken care of.

Nigeria can only experience progress under a sustained democratic rule.

Also, it was noted that the military administration would not permit any individual or group of people to provoke military officers against the current democratic government. The ruling of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) prioritises the welfare of its personnel and frowns against attempts made to instigate law-abiding officers towards plotting an unconstitutional change of power in the country. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Taoreed Lagbaja, had previously stated that Nigeria can only experience progress under a sustained democratic rule.

Lagbaja emphatically stated that Nigerians look forward to uninterrupted, flourishing, and constitutional democratic governance. Therefore, he charged Army personnel to be proud champions of this form of government. The Tinubu-led administration assured its commitment to ensuring implementation of effective measures to tackle security challenges. To achieve this, investment is being made in law enforcement agencies; extra resources, equipment, and training have been offered to enhance the police force and security agencies. The country is also establishing alliances to skillfully tackle transnational threats.

Actions of the NPF must reflect the highest ethical standards.

President Tinubu applauded the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the efforts of other security agencies. Amidst the applaud, he stated that it is the moral duty of everyone to support the force and other security agencies for the improvement of public safety. He also encouraged members of the force to never let go of the core virtues of Police Force — integrity, honesty and compassion. He emphasised that their actions must reflect the highest ethical standards as they ensure protection of the rule of law.

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