Presidency ‘tutors’ ex-Army general over claims on violent restructuring

Presidency ‘tutors’ ex-Army general over claims on violent restructuring

- The presidency has tongue-lashed a former Army chief, General Alexander Ogomudia, for warning that Nigeria may face violent restructuring

- Garba Shehu reminds Ogomudia that Nigeria practices democracy that is governed by the rule of law

- The presidency says such comment from a former Army chief showed that some people have not come to terms with the country's democracy

The presidency late Sunday, December 1, came hard on a former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Alexander Ogomudia, for warning that there could be violent restructuring in Nigeria.

Garba Shehu, a spokesperson of the president, said such comment from Ogomudia showed that he is yet to fully accept the democracy as the current form of government in the country.

The presidency reminded Ogomudia that democracy in Nigeria had existed without interruption for 20 years since 1999 and that it is a form of government that follows rule of law.

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It told Ogomudia that against his thought, President Muhammadu Buhari oversees a government that believes in the rule of law against such calls for violence.

"This vituperation, coming from a former military chief speaks volumes about the mindset of groups of citizens who have yet to accept democracy as a form of government," a statement by Garba Shehu said.

Ogomudia was told through the statement that Nigeria currently operates by the constitution and as a result, any change in its system must be in line with the laws of the country.

The statement added that the challenge currently facing Nigeria is not about claims of ethnic imbalances but of people with the mindset that of violence as a means of change.

"Such individuals, groups and entities peddling ideologies of violence and hate are closed to the notion of healthy dialogue through popular platforms including elected parliaments," the presidency said arguing that President Buhari believes strongly in the rule of law as part of democracy.

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Shehu also denied that nothing had been done over the murder of Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, a former Chief of Defence Staff.

"Truth is, the investigation instituted by General Olonisakin, the current Chief of Defence Staff, has led to the arrest of 14 suspects based on their alleged involvement in a report that has been sent to the police and the Nigeria Air Force for further action," he said. earlier reported that General Ogomudia said that Nigeria desperately needs restructuring in all aspects of its national life.

Ogomuda said that he has fears of impending disintegration and nationwide violence going the way the agitations for restructuring are been subdued. ( - We have upgraded to serve you better.

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