Rumours of military coup spread in Nigeria, Army Chief warns soldiers to stay off politics | Nigeria News Today. Your online Nigerian Newspaper

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The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has given a stern warning to army officials to stay off politics and politically related activities.

Mr. Buratai gave the order on Tuesday via a statement issued by the Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, a brigadier general.



“This is to inform the public that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Nigerian Army, has received information that some individuals have been approaching some officers and soldiers for undisclosed political reasons. On the basis of that, he has warned such persons to desist from these acts”.

Although Mr. Usman did not disclose the “political reasons”, military sources had revealed however that the Army hierarchy was disturbed by rumours of a coup being planned by junior officers.

The concern may have informed Mr. Buratai’s decision to reshuffle the postings of top military generals last week.

The rumours worsened following President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent sickness that saw him travelling to London for further treatment, weeks after he spent over 50 days in London for medical reasons. Like in his previous trip, the president wrote the National Assembly transferring powers to his deputy, Mr. Osinbajo.

On Tuesday, the army chief warned all officers and soldiers interested in politics to resign their commission or apply for voluntary discharge forthwith.

“Any officer or soldier of Nigerian Army found to be hobnobbing with such elements or engaged in unprofessional conducts such as politicking would have himself or herself to blame,” the army spokesperson said.

Nigeria has witnessed 18 years of interrupted democracy after the last military government relinquished power in 1999. The country in 2015 also witnessed its first ever opposition victory which saw the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party losing presidential and parliamentary elections to the incumbent All Progressives Congress.

Mr. Usman on Tuesday reiterated that the Nigerian Army will remain apolitical and respect the Nigerian constitution at all times.

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  1. CORRECTION
    Nigeria has witnessed 18 years of uninterrupted {not interrupted} democracy after the last military government relinquished power in 1999

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  2. All these rumour are bound to happen since the presidency are not sincere in telling us the electorates the truth about the president ill-health!
    We'll not allow cabal rule us by proxy, let there be clear leader.

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  3. Matawal as you call your self. Must you be informed the Actual Sickness of the President? Are you his Doctor? The is no reason for anybody to know the Sickness of our Beloved President those of you politicizing this sickness you are useless people who have not voted for him and you are not comfortable with this Administration because your PDPigs Government have been voted out and the business of impunity is no more and you are all covered with Ethno-religious and political Vigotry, God is with Mr President and Devil is with you opposition you should better repent.

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  4. BellO, Buhari is our president and not a private citizen. He's being treated abroad at our expense and with our money. We have a right to know

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  5. Playing politics with crucial national issue is a dangerous trend. Mr. President is for the entire nation and as such we are supposed to know what actually is happening. Forwarned is forarmrmed. We must know the truth about the state of the nation.

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