For the third time since the assumption of office by President Muhammadu Buhari in May 2015, the Nigerian military is debunking the rumour that there are plans to overthrow the democratically elected government led by the APC government.
The first was in June 2016 when a group Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF) claimed that some top military officers of the Nigerian Army approached them for support to kick Buhari out of power.
Back then, the Nigerian Army described the group as faceless and called on the general public to disregard the claim in its entirety while claiming that it’s another campaign of calumny and distraction by faceless criminal gang of economic saboteurs.
The second time was in 2017, the United Kingdom swiftly reacted by warning military officers and other individuals toying with the idea of a coup in Nigeria to bury the thought.
“The British Government believes that democracy is absolutely critical in Nigeria. There is a democratic process here; there are elections. If you are not happy with your leaders, then you should change your leadership process through your leaders and through elections.
“That is exactly what happened in 2015 and it is what the British Government will expect to happen in Nigeria. So, our position is very clear; we stand for democracy, we stand for the democratic process and we stand for change, if that is what the people of Nigeria want.
“It has to be a choice that the people make and not a choice that is imposed upon them,” UK government had said.
The latest is the third a planned coup against Buhari is coming up. According to TheCable, the defence headquarters has dissociated the armed forces of Nigeria from the circulation of document, calling for the overthrow of the democratically elected government.
Deputy Director of Defence Headquarters Muhammed Wabi accused a group, “Nigerian Continuity and Progress’’ as being behind the document.
DHQ alleged that the document called for the setting up of an “interim government’’ in place of the elected government.
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria wishes to dissociate itself from the rascality and intentions as espoused in a document being circulated by a faceless group named Nigerian Continuity and Progress calling for support of a revolution to oust the current democratically elected government and in its place establish an illegitimate interim government,” the statement read.
“The AFN outrightly condemns the undemocratic and demonic actions of the author of the document.
“Accordingly, members of the public are enjoined to discountenance the content of the documents being circulated by NCP and equally condemned in totality, the call to derail our hard-earned democracy.”
The Nigerian military said the armed forces was “very mindful of its constitutional responsibilities’’ and would not be misled into any act that would undermine democracy as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution as amended.
“The AFN remains unflinchingly loyal to the Constitution, as well as President Muhammadu Buhari and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he said.
In August 27, 1985, Buhari’s military government was kicked out office through a coup, he first came to power in December 31, 1983, through a coup, overthrowing the democratically elected government of Shehu Shagari.
DHQ said it’s working to arrest those behind the seditious document.