'We Have No Plans To Execute Coup', Military Fires Back At Ekweremadu

'We Have No Plans To Execute Coup', Military Fires Back At Ekweremadu

Agim said: "The Defence Headquarters wish to respond to a comment by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu on March 7, 2018, regarding the Nigerian military, while contributing to a debate on a motion sponsored by Senator Ahmed Ogembe, representing Kogi Central".

Quoting from Ekweremadu, who said that "The Problem in Nigeria is that our democracy is receding".

The Defence spokesman said that "even though the statement may appear cautionary and honest in the atmosphere of discourse, it is however derogatory to the Army used in the expression and by extension to the Armed Forces of Nigeria".

"Nigeria are aware of the numerous flagrant disobedience to court orders by the APC-led administration as well as harassment, arrest, detention and media trail of perceived political opponent of the government on the flimsiness trumped up charges, while established cases of corruption by the presidency cabal are swept under the carpet".

Although, the Nigerian military has stated that it has no intention to venture into politics or governance as was done in the past, what's your take on the comment?

The nation's political landscape has been truncated many times by the military beginning with the take-over of government in 1966.

"Lt. Gen Buratai, in a statement issued by the Army Spokesman on May 16, 2017, raised an alarm that some persons were allegedly approaching some officers and soldiers for what he called "undisclosed political reasons" and warned such persons to desist from these acts". According to Ekweremmadu, it would be foolhardy to think that nothing could ever instigate a coup d'état in the country again. "Let us not joke with our democracy that is the issue", the Deputy Senate President had said.

"As a lawmaker and second in command at the nation's highest law-making body, we expect Senator Ekweremadu to always exercise restraint in his utterances in order to uphold the virtues required of his high office".

"So it is very unfortunate that Senator Ekweremadu will make such statement on the floor of the Senate". It is indeed odd that the Senate, rather than focusing on its law-making responsibilities, is delving into states' matters. "Who says army can not take over, let us not joke with our democracy that is the issue" Agim said the comment brought the military into disrepute and was not a proper reflection of who they are now. He said the action was taken with a view to forestalling possible indoctrination of other officers.

"Our democracy is evolving and we all must be patient to see it mature to a stage that will be the envy of all", he pointed out.

Speaking further, Olulade maintained that if Ekweremadu was part of the struggle to return democracy to Nigeria, "he wouldn't have uttered such a statement".

"He has been able to itemize those challenges that steer us in the face as a nation and proffered solutions to them".

The statement which was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Emmanuel Uzor, on Thursday also described Senator Ekweremadu as a consummate scholar, a ideal politician and a gentleman whose passion for the enthronement of rule of law is total and expressed confidence that the lawmaker would excel in this new task.

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