Coup Over Hardship: Count Us Out – Military Warns


BY ONYEKACHUKWU IBEZIM – The Nigerian Military has distanced itself from calls in some quarters for a coup d’état over the hardship in the land, warning those involved are unpatriotic and do not mean well for the country.

With protests in different parts of the country over the worsening economic situation, some groups and individuals have muted the idea of a military take-over and sacking of the President Bola Tinubu-led administration.

But responding to reporters’ questions after commissioning the main entrance of the 6 Division, Nigerian Army and Officers Transit Accommodation, both at the Division Headquarters in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Musa, warned that the law would soon catch up with those promoting such cause of action because they do not have Nigeria’s best interest at heart,

General Musa, who assured that the Armed Forces would continue to do the needful in protecting Nigeria’s democracy, admitted that the country is currently experiencing some challenges, but said calling for a coup was inappropriate given that history has shown that nations achieve more and develop faster under a democratic rule

According to him; “Whoever is making that call (coup) does not love Nigeria. We want to make it very clear that the Armed Forces of Nigeria are here to protect democracy. We all want democracy and we do better under democracy. And so we will continue to support democracy.

“And any of those that are calling for anything other than Democracy are evil people and I think they don’t mean well for Nigeria. And they should be very careful because the law will come after them. We can see that with democracy a lot of things are happening in Nigeria. Yes, we are going through trying periods, I mean in life nothing is hundred percent.”

While stressing the need for citizens to be patient and give their support to the government to succeed and put the enemies of the state to shame, the CDS further said; “Everybody goes through a trying period in life, and it is what you do with them. You can see the government putting efforts to ensure that we come out better. And it is when you go through difficulties and come out better you will appreciate what it is to build a nation.

“And so we are going through our trying period, but I can assure Nigerians that it will get better. All we need is for all of us to put our hands together to ensure that we defeat those enemies of the government, those enemies of this country who don’t want us to succeed.”

“We will surely succeed and the Armed Forces are here to support the Government in ensuring that we develop, we succeed and to see that there is peace in Nigeria”, he posited.

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