The Nigerian Armed Forces, AFN, has reiterated its full committment to the present administration and all associated democratic institutions, and that it continues to remain apolitical, subordinate to the civil authority, firmly loyal to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Mohammadu Buhari and the 1999 Constitution as Amended.
This position, which was made known in a statement issued today by the Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, is in response to a statement purported to have been made by one Robert Clark, SAN, suggesting that current political leadership should hand over power to the military for the purpose of restructuring.
TheFact Nigeria learnt that the military has, by the statement, dissociated itself from such utterance and position, which it views as anti-democratic.
“We shall continue to discharge our constitutional responsibilities professionally, especially in protecting the country’s democracy, defence of the territorial integrity of the country as well as protection of lives and properties of citizens”, the statement reads in part.
The statement further said, “The Military High Command wishes to use this opportunity to warn misguided politicians who nurse the inordinate ambition to rule this country outside the ballot box to banish such thoughts as the military under the current leadership remains resolute in the defence of Nigeria’s democracy and its growth.
“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 AFN assures that the current security challenges are not insurmountable, and, in partnership with other other security agencies, it is working assiduously to ameliorate the challenge, promising that Nigeria will know peace again.