- The Nigerian Army says it is not backing down on its loyalty and commitment to defend Nigeria's nascent democracy
- Army chief, Tukur Buratai, a Lieutenant General, says the loyalty of officers and men is not in doubt and remains firm
- Buratai disclosed this at an event for selected senior officers in Kaduna state, northwest Nigeria
Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has restated the loyalty of officers and men of the Nigerian Army to President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
Buratai made his stance known while addressing participants at the opening ceremony of a two-day Nigerian Army event in Zaria, Kaduna state.
The COAS was represented by the commander of infantry of the Nigerian Army, Major-General Stevenson Olabanji at the event.
“I wish to pledge the commitment and unalloyed loyalty of officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army to the president and the defence of our democracy.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria's minister of defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi (rtd) has revealed that the federal government was aware of the recent United States of America special operation on Nigerian soil.
According to him, the federal government granted the US permission to rescue its citizen kidnapped by bandits in the Niger Republic and taken to northern Nigeria.
Recall that the United States embassy in Nigeria thanked the federal government for its partnership and support for the mission.
The American citizen was abducted last week in Niger Republic but was rescued during a high-risk US military raid in neighbouring Nigeria.
According to Pentagon sources, Nigerian and Nigerien armed forces were aware of the mission and provided support for their American counterpart in the discreet operation.
The Nigerian government had earlier been criticised for not knowing that the operations were being held on its soil.
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