Nigerian Military Refutes “Malicious” Report Of Coup D’etat,
Alleged Meeting Of Presidential Candidate, Generals In Abuja
Femi Fani-kayode had written about the meeting, allegedly between Atiku Abubakar and some unnamed General
The Nigerian military on Saturday has refuted a news report alleging that some military officers met with a Presidential candidate with the aim of disrupting the general elections and setting the country on fire.
Acting Director, Defence Information, Brigadier General Tukur Gusau, said in a press statement that the report is wicked and very malicious propaganda, saying there is no truth in the so-called Thursday meeting aimed at prodding the senior military officers to plot a coup d’etat to establish unconstitutional order.
Former Minister of Aviation and chieftain of All Progressive Congress (APC), Femi Fani-kayode, in a tweet under Femi Fani-Kayode @realFFK, said: “There are reports that @atiku had a secret meeting with serving military Generals in Abuja on Thursday. If true, it is troubling & has implications. What was the purpose? Why would a presidential candidate be having secret meetings with soldiers 14 days before the election?
“Is this meeting part of the wider agenda to disrupt the elections, destabilise the country, set us on fire, incite chaos and violence, provoke a coup d’etat and establish a new and unconstitional order in our beloved country under the auspices of an ING?
“Knowing that he has no chance of winning the election, is Atiku now working with some members of the cabal, a handful of treacherous and unpatriotic technocrats at CBN and in the private sector and rogue elements in the ‘deep state’ to effect this demonic hidden agenda?”
But General Gusau said “the Armed Forces of Nigeria notes with dismay the story being peddled around by some unscrupulous elements and it is disheartened that even politically exposed persons can denigrate themselves into joining agents of destabilisation and violence in making false claims just to heighten tension in the polity.
“It needs to be stated that the Armed Forces of Nigeria is a professional military that is loyal to the constitution of the Federal Republic and will never be part of any evil plot against our democracy.
“Besides, the Military remains apolitical and neutral in the current political process and will not engage in the alleged shenanigans. “The Armed Forces of Nigeria will never be part of any ignoble plot to truncate our hard-earned democracy2, he added.
Gusau stated that “the Armed Forces of Nigeria hereby warn that those who engage in fabricating and spreading unfounded misinformation will be invited by the appropriate law enforcement agencies to substantiate their claims. “The general public is advised to disregard such information and go about their normal activities.”
Credit: Global Upfront