- The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has warned against any acts of mutiny and insurrection in the Nigerian military
- The high command of the military was reacting to calls for a coup by NDP chairman, Chidi Chukwuanyi
- Chukwuanyi had in an interview with a national newspaper on Sunday, July 26, said Nigeria needs a Jerry Rawlings
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has reacted to a call for a military coup by the national chairman of National Democratic Party (NDP), Chidi Chukwuanyi.
Chukwuanyi had in an interview with a national newspaper on Sunday, July 26, said: “Nigeria needs a Rawlings now.”
“The state of corruption in the country calls for the replication of the Ghanaian experience under former President Jerry Rawlings in Nigeria,” the NDP chairman added.
Rawlings, now 73, is a former Ghanaian military leader and subsequent politician who ruled the country from 1981 to 2001 and also for a brief period in 1979.
He led a military junta until 1992, and then served two terms as the democratically elected president of the West African country.
Rawlings initially came to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant of the Ghana Air Force following a coup d'état in 1979.
Prior to that, he led an unsuccessful coup attempt against the ruling military government on 15th May 1979, just five weeks before scheduled democratic elections were due to take place.
After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took back control of the country on 31 December 1981 as the Chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council.
In 1992, Rawlings resigned from the military, founded the National Democratic Congress, and became the first President of the Fourth Republic.
The DHQ in a statement by the coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major-General John Enenche on Monday, July 27, stated that the comment is inciting and instigative.
“What Chidi Chukwuanyi is calling for is a combination of unpopular acts of insurrection and mutiny, which cannot be taken for granted by the Armed Forces of Nigeria,” the DHQ said.
Major-General Enenche further said: “I am directed by the high command of the Nigerian military to let the general public know and remind personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria;
“That all officers and men of the Nigerian military swore to an oath of allegiance to be totally loyal to the civil authority of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and protect the constitution.
“This translates to unalloyed loyalty to the President Commander in Chief and full subordination to the civil authorities of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“I am to further directed to state clearly and unequivocally that the Nigerian military is a force that is in consonance with all global best practices and cannot be misguided by any individual or group.
“And for the avoidance of doubt, the Armed Forces of Nigeria is totally loyal to the President Commander-in-Chief and fully subordinated to the civil authorities of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, a report by the Independent Monitors Project (IMP) has condemned insinuations that 365 soldiers recently retired due to low morale in the fight against Boko Haram/ ISWAP terrorists.
The IMP's report revealed that a bulk of the soldiers voluntarily disengaged on health grounds while others reached the 35-year statutory age for retirement.
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