The Defence Headquarters has said the military will remain apolitical and focus on its responsibilities professionally, protect the country’s democracy, territorial integrity and ensure the safety of lives and property of citizens.
This was in response to the advice to President Muhammadu Buhari to temporarily hand over power to the Nigerian military by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Robert Clarke.
A statement by the Director of Defence Information, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, said the Armed Forces of Nigeria remain fully committed to the present administration and all associated democratic institutions.
The spokesman maintained that the military shall remain apolitical, subordinate to the civil authority, firmly loyal to the Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari and the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
The statement warned politicians with the inordinate ambition to rule the country outside the ballot box to banish such thoughts, assuring that the military under the current leadership was resolute in the defence of Nigeria’s democracy and its growth.
It also reminded all military personnel that it was treasonable to even contemplate any illegality, as the full wrath of the law would be brought to bear on any personnel found to collude with people having such agenda.
“The current security challenges are not insurmountable. The Armed Forces of Nigeria, in partnership with other security agencies, are working assiduously to ameliorate the challenge. Nigeria will know peace again”, the statement read.