- The Nigerian military has assured Nigerians that it would not truncate the country's nascent democracy
- The military assured that it is fully subordinated to civil authority
- The military high command warned mischief makers against interference with the elections in some parts of the country
The Nigerian military has assured Nigerians that it would not truncate the country's nascent democracy, adding that it is fully subordinated to civil authority.
The military's assurance followed reactions arising from its conduct in the just concluded general elections and militarisation of some parts of the country.
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Thursday, March 21, however, warned mischief makers against interference with the elections in some parts of the country.
At a press conference addressed jointly by spokespersons of the Defence Headquarters, Police, Army, Navy and Air Force in Abuja, the Defence spokesman, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, said contrary to insinuations in some quarters, the military would not truncate Nigeria’s fledgling democracy.
“Some people have made comments about the military truncating democracy. It is weird and very unfortunate. This is the same armed forces that restored democracy in Sierra Leone, Liberia and recently, Gambia.
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria is fully subordinated to civil authority. At all times, we ensure that we don’t cross the red line. We know our role in a democracy,” he said.
On the altercation between the army and police at the election collation center in Rivers state, he said the leadership of both agencies were working together to find a lasting solution.
Meanwhile, the Bayelsa state deputy governor, Rear Admiral John Jonah (rtd), has urged Nigerians not to blame the army for its involvement in the 2019 general elections.
Jonah said this on Saturday, March 16 at Elebele in Yenogoa, the Bayelsa state capital, during the inauguration of some projects in the 16 Brigade Barracks otherwise known as “Tukur Buratai Camp” located in the community.
The deputy governor said he had investigated the army involvement in the elections and found that what they did was not different from what the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai instructed.
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