- Nigerian Army has warned against any action that can jeopardise the handing over on May 29 or scuttle the democratic process in the country
- The Army's spokesman, Colonel Sagir Musa, said some mischievous elements thought that the country would not have a successful general elections
- According to Musa, Army is a stakeholder in national security and sustenance of democracy in Nigeria
The Nigerian Army has disclosed that some unpatriotic individuals, groups and foreign interests are planning to derail handing over on May 29 and scuttle the democratic process in the country.
Daily Trust reports that the Army explained that the mischievous elements has thought that the country would not have a safe and successful general elections.
The spokesman of the Army, Colonel Sagir Musa in a statement made reference to “persons and groups making concerted efforts to further induce ISWAP/Boko Haram terrorists and bandits with funds and other logistic support.
The statement read: “Their body language and unguarded utterances seems to be in tandem with above and imply tacit support for the criminals.
''For example, credible source has shown that some individuals are hobnobbing with Boko Haram terrorists, while others are deliberately churning falsehood against the security agencies with a view to set the military against the people and the government.”
“Therefore, it has become necessary to inform the public and warn such persons and groups to desist as the consequences of their actions would be calamitous to themselves and our great country.
“Some of these mischievous elements thought that we would not have a safe and successful general elections but were proved wrong, hence they want to derail the scheduled handing over later this month and to scuttle the democratic process in the country.”
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Musa said the Army also noted that foreign interests are also working assiduously to cause disaffection and divide the coalition Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to give room for the so-called Islamic State for West African Province (ISWAP) and its defeated local franchise, Boko Haram terrorists group to resurrect.
He said: “While we have confidence on the federal government of Nigeria’s efforts at sustaining and reinvigorating the MNJTF to continue it’s good work, we would not relent in clearing the visages and remnants of Boko Haram terrorists and their sympathisers.
“The Nigerian Army is a stakeholder in our national security and sustenance of democracy in Nigeria.
''Additionally, we are making this statement because the military, particularly the Nigerian Army, has always been called upon to intervene in conflict situations in order to resolve crises in most cases when they get worse, while the public expect miracles.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari rated the Nigerian military well in its efforts to combat crime in the country.
The president said the operations are yielding the desired results. Giving his assessment of the last four years, President Buhari added that the Armed Forces of the country had restored the pride and honour amongst the comity of nations.
The president spoke at the Eagle Square, Abuja, where he was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as the special guest of honour during the ‘Parade/Orbat Flypast/Aerial Display’ by the Nigerian Air Force to commemorate its 55 anniversary.
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