Friday, 24 June 2016

Defence Headquaters (DHQ) Dismissed Reports of Overthrowing President Buhari

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) and the Nigerian Army have dismissed reports of a purported plan to overthrow the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 The DHQ said the reports on some online news media on Wednesday of an alleged plot of a coup d’état were the handiwork of mischief-makers, concocted to achieve popularity.
In a statement it issued on Thursday, Defence spokesman, Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar, said that the allegation of a planned coup was baseless and mislead­ing – a dream of those who do not wish Nigeria well.

The swift reaction of the military authorities comes a day after a militant group, the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF), claimed that top military officers were working on its members for support to over­throw the government of President Buhari.

In his statement dismissing the allegations, Gen. Abubakar said: “The attention of the De­fence Headquarters has been drawn to a publication by some online media that the military intends to overthrow the civil­ian administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

This re­port, to say the least, is not only baseless and misleading but a dream of those who do not wish the nation well. The story, which was attributed to some Niger Delta militants, was con­cocted to achieve cheap public­ity and a complete propaganda and diversionary.”
He said the entire Nigeri­an Armed Forces are not con­nected with the story because it is with the intent to heat up the polity and cause public ap­prehension.

The DHQ said that in deal­ing with the myriad of security challenges across the country, the military will continue to re­main focused and deploy avail­able resources to reposition the Armed Forces to carry out their constitutional roles.

The Nigerian Army has weighed in quickly also to dis­miss the insinuations of a coup plot – and issued a stern warn­ing against those peddling such dangerous rumours.

In a statement titled: “Warning to Mischief-Makers: Nobody is Planning Any Coup,” the Nigerian Army, through its spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, described the allegations as the handiwork of mischief-makers and should not be taken seri­ously.
Usman said: “The atten­tion of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to another cam­paign of calumny and distrac­tion by faceless criminal gangs of economic saboteurs that hide under the aegis of the Joint Ni­ger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF) alleging that offic­ers of the Nigerian Army ap­proached them for support to overthrow our duly elected pre­sent democratic government.

“This is a baseless and most unfortunate allegation that ex­ists in the warped minds of the originators of such weighty al­legation. The Nigerian Army wishes to state that this is not true and hereby distances itself from this weighty allegation.

“We will like to state in clear terms that we are a product of democracy and a focused pro­fessional institution and would have nothing to do with such abominable and heinous crime.

“We also see this specula­tion as a dangerous distraction to our effort in fighting insur­gency and other criminal ele­ments in the country,” he said.

As the greatest beneficiary of democracy, Usman said that “the Nigerian Army cannot con­template any anti-democrat­ic misadventure, certainly not under the command of the pre­sent Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai”.

He said the Nigerian Army is investigating those behind the dangerous insinuation in order to unravel the real motive be­hind it.

The JNDLF had on Wednes­day alleged that some top Army officers had approached them through their civilian agents to continue the vandalism of oil and gas pipelines to justify a coup d’état.

Meanwhile, a new Com­mander of “Operation Delta Safe” in the Niger Delta has been appointed. He is Rear Admiral Joseph Osa Okojie, who, until Wednesday, was the Flag Offic­er Commanding, Naval Train­ing Command, Lagos.

Its predecessor, Operation Pulo Shield, has been scrapped by the military authorities.