The Defence Headquarters on Monday, May 3, restated its loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari (retd) and Nigerians at large, stating that it has no intention to seize power in the country.
The statement, signed by the Acting Director, Defence Information, Brigadier General, Onyema Nwachukwu, and titled “Nigerian Military Remain Loyal To The Constitution And Government Of Nigeria”, reads in part:
“The attention of the Military High Command has been drawn to a statement purported to have been made by one Robert Clarke, SAN, suggesting that the current political leadership should hand over power to the military for the purpose of restructuring.
“The Nigerian Military wishes to dissociate itself from such anti-democratic utterance and position. Let it be stated categorically that the Armed Forces of Nigeria remain fully committed to the present administration and all associated democratic institutions.
“We shall continue to remain apolitical, subordinate to civil authority, firmly loyal to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and the 1999 Constitution as Amended”, the statement further read further.
As gathered by the Punch Newspaper, the Defence Headquarters in a statement warned politicians with ambition such as ruling the country outside the ballot box to desist from it, stating that the military was committed to defending Nigeria’s democracy.
Nigeria returned to democratic rule in 1999 after decades of military rule.
However, democracy in Nigeria has been infested with a number of challenges with many calling for devolution of powers, impeachment of the president, fiscal federalism, restructuring and even outright secession.