Armed Forces of Nigeria, AFN has called on those instigating the military to takeover the government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to have a rethink, stressing that the military is better under democracy.
The Defence headquarters issued statement on Saturday amid protests by sections of Nigerians against the President perceived plan to go into war with Niger coup plotters. A group of Nigerians also on Saturday took to the streets in Kano State, Nigeria to condemn planned military action in Niger. The group matched and rolled French flags on ground to express their disapproval against France backing the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, a regional bloc that has approved the deployment of standby force to forcefully restore democratic rules in Niger.
Brigadier General Tukur Gusau, the Director, Nigeria Defence Information, in a press release tilled “Military Bette Under Democracy” on Saturday said the Defence headquarters frowned at the negative reports about the welfare of Nigeria soldiers circulated online and described the call for the soldiers to interfere in the Nigeria democracy as unpatriotic act, wicked and attempt to distract the Armed Forces of Nigeria from performing it’s constitutional responsibilities.
The Nigeria Defence headquarters press release reads thus: “The Defence Headquarters frown at a report being circulated online about welfare issues in the Armed Forces of Nigeria. The report’s call on the military to interfere in our democracy is highly unpatriotic, wicked, and an attempt to distract the Armed Forces of Nigeria from performing it’s constitutional responsibilities.
“While the leadership of the AFN gives priority to 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. 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.
“The AFN under the leadership of the Chief of Defence Staff, General C.G Musa is determined to ensure complete subordination of the Armed Forces to constitutional authority under His
Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and will not be distracted from its roles that are well defined in the 1999 constitution (as amended). Thank you for your usual cooperation”