- The Nigerian military said the interview session granted the British Broadcasting Service (BBC) by Tukur Buratai was not sponsored by any cabal
- The military said it has been in the forefront of Nigeria's foreign policy and will always remain loyal to Muhammadu Buhari and Yemi Osinbajo
The Nigerian military has denied an alleged coup plot against Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.
Instead, it restated its loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the country’s Commander-in-Chief, as well as other political officers including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
In a statement on Thursday, July, 13, by Major General John Enenche, director of defence information, and obtained by NAIJ.com, the military frowned against a report that recently warned the security agencies against supporting a planned coup by the cabal against Osinbajo.
The statement urged Nigerians to see the report as false.
The military noted that the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, never raised any scare of a coup in May 2017, but said what was a normal service administrative caution to officers and men of the security organisations.
“Thus, the contrary assertion reported is a gross and evil intended message to the general public and therefore should be disregarded.
“The BBC’s Hard Talk with the Chief of Army Staff during his official visit to the United Kingdom was never arranged by any group or cabal as reported.
“It is a normal media practice to interact with principals of organisations on topical issues at such opportunities, which was what happened.
"It was not for any image burnishing as maliciously purported. Hence, it should be ignored.
“The book launched on Brigadier General Zakaria Maimalari in Abuja on 3 July 2017 was attended by notable senior citizens of Nigeria among others, including; former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon GCFR and former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR, both, who by every standard can never belong to any such thing as C=cabals.
“It was not a cover for any power take over as wickedly portrayed not minding the presence of key patriotic elder statesmen and leaders at the event.
“This shows clear lack of situation analysis capability due to ulterior motive. Hence, should be discountenanced.
”Nigerian military in the recent past has been in the fore front of the country’s foreign policy and political direction of ensuring political stability in the West African sub-region.
“The cases of Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea and The Gambia are still fresh in the memory of Nigerians.
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“In the Gambia, the Armed Forces of Nigeria took the lead in the military coalition to ensure that the will of Gambians was achieved and democracy sustained.
”Thus, it is morally, practically, professionally and ethically impossible for the contemporary Nigerian Military to embark on truncating democracy in its own Country.
“More so, members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria are in tune with best global practices of governance, which is civil democracy,” the statement read.
NAIJ.com had learnt that Sahara Reporters claimed that some military and intelligence officers have revealed that the threat of a political coup in the country was real and ongoing.
The medium said the officers alleged that the supposed cabal in the government was fine-tuning new schemes to retain power should President Muhammadu Buhari become officially incapacitated as a result of his illness.
The report mentioned Senate President Bukola Saraki and Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to the Muhammadu Buhari, as making moves to ensure they hijack power in the event of a power tussle where the ailing president lets go.
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