Breaking: Nigerian Military Received Coup Request to Overthrow President Bola Tinubu? Defence HQ Opens Up

Breaking: Nigerian Military Received Coup Request to Overthrow President Bola Tinubu? Defence HQ Opens Up

  • The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has refuted social media claims suggesting that the Armed Forces had been approached with a request to change the nation’s leadership
  • The DHQ emphasised that the Armed Forces never received such a request from any individual or group
  • The military expressed concerns over the fake news, attributing it to detractors who are bent on destabilising Nigeria

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FCT, Abuja - The Defence Headquarters on Sunday, August 13, said it is concerned about false and disturbing social media reports twisted to state that the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) received a request to effect a change of leadership in the country.

The Defence Headquarters' worry was made known in a statement signed by Brigadier-General Tukur Gusau, the director of Defence Information. The press release was obtained by

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The Nigerian military has rubbished reports of a planned military takeover. Photo credits: Kola Sulaimon/AFP
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“We remain loyal to President Tinubu” - Military

The DHQ reiterated that the Armed Forces of Nigeria never received nor made such a declaration to anyone or any group at any time.

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The release partly reads:

“We believe this statement came from those who do not wish the nation well. It is surely the wicked imagination of a few who are not happy with the progress and well-being of our dear country.
“The AFN is very comfortable with democracy and remain loyal to the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria His Excellency President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (GCFR).
"The military is always willing and ready to defend the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Furthermore, the Army urged those peddling such falsehood to desist from such or face legal action.

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It concluded:

“The military and indeed other security agencies are on the look out for these agents of doom.
“We must all all join hands to strengthen our democracy.”

Niger: High command's directive to service chiefs

In related news, reported that the Nigerian military high command has reportedly directed the service chiefs to compile and submit war requirements to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Gwabin Musa.

The war items include the number of personnel, logistics, equipment, and financial costs, a report on Sunday, August 13, by The Punch noted.


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