|President Muhammadu Buhari.|
The Nigerian Army has said that it will investigate the allegation that there was a plot by the service to overthrow the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
A militant group had alleged in a statement Wednesday that some officers were planning to topple President Muhammadu Buhari government.
The Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF), said in the statement titled “Military coup imminent in Nigeria, Buhari be wary of them” that some military men are planning to remove the president from power by instigating civil unrest in the country.
They said “some top military men” through their civil agents had approached them to continue to vandalise oil and gas pipelines in the Niger Delta so as to use as an excuse to take over the government.
Accordly to Punch,The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Thursday that the Army would investigate the claim in order to unravel the motive behind the claim.
Usman said that the “baseless and most unfortunate allegation” only existed in the minds of those who originated it.
Col.Usman, who distanced the Army from the claim, described it as a distraction to the efforts of the service to fight insurgency and other criminal elements in the society.
He said that the Nigerian Army was a professional organisation and a product of democracy that would not be associated with the grave issue of truncating democratic governance.
Accordly to Dailytime, “The Nigerian Army will like to send a strong and an unequivocal warning to those speculating a coup by the Nigerian Army against the government to desist forthwith.
‘‘We will like to state in clear terms that we are a product of democracy and a focused professional institution and will have nothing to do with such abomination and heinous crime.
“The army is the greatest beneficiary of democracy and therefore cannot ever contemplate any anti-democratic misadventure, certainly not under the command of the present Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.
“This is a baseless and most unfortunate allegation that existed in the warped minds of the originators of such weighty allegation. The Nigerian Army wish to state that this is not true and hereby distanced itself from this weighty allegation.”