Fidelity bank banner Bayelsa State banner
We are not planning coup — Military

By News Express on 09/03/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 1,033


The Defence Headquarters has said that contrary to the impression created at the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, the military remains committed to its primary function of safeguarding the sovereignty of the country and has no plans to take over the reins of government. 

A statement issued on Thursday by Acting Director Defence Information, Brigadier General JA Agim, said it became imperative “to respond to a comment by the Deputy President of the Senate, distinguished Senator Ike Ekweremadu on Wednesday, 7 March, 2018, regarding the Nigerian Military, while contributing to a debate on a motion sponsored by Senator Ahmed Ogembe, representing Kogi Central.

“In his comment among others, the distinguished Deputy President of the Senate stated ‘The Problem in Nigeria is that our democracy is receding. Who says army cannot take over, let us not joke with our democracy that is the issue’.

“This statement may appear cautionary and sincere in the atmosphere of discourse; it is however derogatory to the Army used in the expression and by extension to the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

“The statement in the true sense has the capacity to denigrate the Nigerian Military in every ramification including its loyalty to the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and the confidence of the general public to defend Nigeria’s democracy,” the Defence headquarters said.    

It noted that “In the light of this; the Defence Headquarters wish to state clearly that, the Nigerian Military has come of age and is in tune with best international military practices of complete and total subordination to democratic governance.

“In this regard, it is worthy to remind the general public about some key measures among others that guaranteed the present sustainable status of politically unambitious members of the Armed Forces. Shortly, after the transition from a military to a democratically elected government in 1999, officers of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, who were quasi-political, were honourably eased out of service. This was done to avoid indoctrination of other officers in the Military in order to enable the democratic government commence a re-professionalisation process of the Armed Forces. The process commenced in collaboration with international organisations such as the United States Armed Forces and the British Military. By 2009, from the basic military training institutions through units and formation reorientation programmes to top management workshops and seminars for the military, it became clear that the Armed Forces of Nigeria has been re-professionalised to be totally subordinate to political leadership and democracy in the country.

“In addition, the Nigerian Military began to take the lead at ensuring that the West African Sub Region is stable democratically through military diplomacy and physical actions where it is highly desirable and supported by ECOWAS. The case of the Gambia last year is still fresh in our memories, where democracy was enforced by an ECOWAS Military Coalition led by the Armed Forces of Nigeria, under the focused and able leadership of Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, General AG Olonisakin (NAM).

“Furthermore, the present crop of personnel in the Armed Forces of Nigeria right from the Service Chiefs to the men; are made up of the balance of re-professionalised officers and fresh intakes from 1999, who do not nurse political ambitions. They are fully committed to their oaths of allegiance to serve their fatherland Nigeria, with total submission to our democratic government,” the statement affirmed.

It further noted: “Defence Headquarters hereby assures the international community, Nigeria’s democratic institutions and the general public, of its unalloyed loyalty to the President Commander in Chief, provision of all necessary support for the sustenance of our democracy and carrying out our constitutional roles,” “Therefore, the apprehension by the Deputy President of the Senate should be totally disregarded.”

Source News Express

Posted 09/03/2018 12:32:56 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Education in Akwa Ibom remains free and compulsory...

IFAD supports 150 rice farmers in Niger with...

Nigeria’s Embassy in Spain donates biometric capturing machine...

NYSC to prosecute corps members involved in sharp...

Suicide bomber injures worshippers in Gombe church attack...

US threatens North Korea with ‘massive’ military action...

FG to continue with existing power projects —Fashola...

Soldiers invade Bayelsa community, hunt for killer militants...

2019: APC will win South-East, says Presidential Aide...

Decreasing allocation: FG, States,LGs share N558bn in October...

Fidelity Bank wins 8 awards

Imo has become crime paradise under Okorocha, says...

 

Latest News Osun governorship election: All the results while waiting for INEC's official declaration 2019: Screening Panel to decide fate of Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal, others Certificate Saga: Uncertainty, fears grip Buhari’s ministers, aides Ambode’s fate hangs in the balance as party insists on primary Osun Guber: PDP beats Aregbesola in Ijeshaland Missing General: Army recovers bus door Ban of Ohanaeze causes stir APC, PDP devise new method on vote-buying Activities pick up in Delta State IDP Camp; Asaba Camp records first birth Nigeria Air fiasco: Foreign investors, international community won’t take Nigeria serious again — Peter Obi Lagos sues for peace over hijab controversy Gombe, Taraba, no-go-areas for APC, others — Darius Ishaku warns

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (396,121 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (376,610 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (308,288 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (250,496 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (232,171 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (221,590 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (199,953 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (181,555 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (165,627 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (163,331 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (158,089 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (146,852 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (63) Business & Economy (3,622) Business Verdict (52) Columnists (933) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (547) Features (652) Global Business Monitor (301) International (2,426) Interview (165) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (144) News (39,070) Opinion (1,110) Pidgin (11) Politics (6,705) Religion (872) Sports (1,701) Stock Watch (34) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

I am Imo State's New Governor -- Okorocha's son-in-law Uche Nwosu...

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement