The Nigerian military has labeled individuals urging the armed forces to overthrow President Bola Tinubu’s government as “unpatriotic,” in light of the recent coup in Niger that removed President Mohammed Bazoum from power.
The military strongly denounced these appeals, asserting that they are destined to be unsuccessful and characterized by malevolence.
Such actions are viewed as an endeavor to divert the attention of military personnel from their lawful duties.
“The reports calling on the military to interfere in our democracy is highly unpatriotic, wicked, and an attempt to distract the Armed Forces of Nigeria from performing its constitutional responsibilities,” said Brigadier-General Tukur Gusau, defence information director.
Mr Gusau dismissed reports on the poor welfare of the Nigerian military, saying personnel were happy with the democratic government and would not sabotage Nigeria’s hard-earned democracy.
“The Defence Headquarters frowns at a report being circulated online about welfare issues in the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
We wish to state unequivocally that the military is happy and better under democracy and will not get involved in any act to sabotage the hard-earned democracy in our country,” he said.
“While the leadership of the AFN gives priority to the welfare of its personnel however, we detest any attempt by any individual or group to instigate the law-abiding Armed Forces of Nigeria to embark on any unconstitutional change of government in our country.”
Mr Gusau’s statement comes two few weeks after coup plotters in the Niger Republic ousted Mr Bazoum from office, eliciting a pro-military coup among Nigerians who are urging the armed forces to step into the country’s leadership position due to the perceived failure of the democratic government.
Niger coup plotters have detained Mr Bazoum since his government was toppled on July 26, rebuffing all entreaties and ignoring sanctions and condemnation from ECOWAS and the international communities.
ECOWAS leaders had charged the regional body’s standby force to restore constitutional order in Niger at the second extraordinary summit on the socio-political situation in Niger in Abuja on Thursday.
This came after Niger’s military junta announced a new government, naming Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine, prime minister, to lead 21 other new ministers forming the new government.