Military reacts to ‘coup plot’ against Osinbajo

The Nigerian military has restated ​its unalloyed loyalty to the President Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria’s Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari and total subordination to political and constituted civil authorities in the country.

This is contained in a statement on Thursday by Major General John Enenche, Director Defence Information.

It condemned content of an article cautioning military officers against carrying out ‘coup’ being allegedly plotted by a cabal against Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

The statement said the publication was aimed at undermining the efforts of the Armed Forces of Nigeria towards tackling the security challenges in the country and should be disregarded as an unfounded and absolute disinformation.

​”​It is therefore pertinent to clarify ​that ​he Chief of Army Staff never raised any scare of a coup ​in​ May 2017​. Rather it was a normal service administrative caution to officers and men, that was issued by the Army on relationship between service personnel and civilians. 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 organizations 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.

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​”​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 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.

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