The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has categorically stated that the Nigerian Military has no intentions to seize control of the government in Nigeria.
This assertion comes amidst recent calls from certain quarters urging the military’s intervention in the country’s democratic processes.
Brigadier General Tukur Gusau, the Director of Defence Information, emphasized in a statement released on Friday that the armed forces of Nigeria are committed to democracy and have no intentions of executing a coup.
Rejecting Calls for Military Intervention
Brigadier General Tukur Gusau, in his statement, expressed the Defence Headquarters’ dissatisfaction with a report circulating online regarding welfare concerns within the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
The report’s suggestion for the military to interfere in the nation’s democracy was condemned as unpatriotic and malevolent.
The Defence Headquarters made it clear that while the welfare of military personnel remains a priority, any attempt by individuals or groups to incite the law-abiding Armed Forces to engage in unconstitutional efforts to change the government is unacceptable.
Strong Commitment to Democracy
The statement underscored the military’s contentment and positive experiences under democratic governance.
It asserted that the armed forces have no inclination to be part of actions that undermine the hard-won democracy in the country.
The Defence Headquarters affirmed its unwavering dedication to upholding constitutional authority under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, emphasizing that the military’s role is clearly defined within the framework of the 1999 constitution (as amended).
Assurance of Constitutional Loyalty
Brigadier General Tukur Gusau conveyed the loyalty of the nation’s military to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and assured that they would remain steadfast in their constitutional duties.
The Defence Headquarters expressed gratitude for continued cooperation and support.
In conclusion, the Defence Headquarters firmly rejected the idea of military involvement in any unconstitutional activities related to government change.
The armed forces of Nigeria, guided by the Chief of Defence Staff, General CG Musa, are committed to maintaining their role within the constitutional boundaries and ensuring the preservation of democracy.
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