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The Defence Headquarters has responded to President Muhammadu Buhari’s advice to hand over authority to the Nigerian military.
Robert Clarke, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), demanded on Sunday that the military temporarily control the government and restructure Nigeria.
However, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Defence Information, stated that the Nigerian Armed Forces remain completely committed to the current government and all related democratic institutions.
Nwachukwu stated that the military would remain apolitical, obedient to civil authorities, and steadfastly loyal to the Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, and the 1999 Constitution as amended.
He went on to say that the military will continue to carry out its duties professionally, uphold the country’s constitution, safeguard the country’s territorial integrity, and protect citizens’ lives and property.
The statement cautioned politicians who harbour irrational ambitions to rule this country outside of the ballot box to put such thoughts aside, assuring that the military, under the current leadership, will remain steadfast in its defence of Nigeria’s democracy and development.
“We also wish to remind all military personnel that it is treasonable to even contemplate this illegality. The full wrath of the law will be brought to bear on any personnel found to collude with people having such agenda.
“The current security challenges are not insurmountable. The Armed Forces of Nigeria in partnership with other other security Agencies are working assiduously to ameliorate the challenge. Nigeria will know peace again,” it read.