The Nigerian military has declared that it does not have any political ambition that could nudge it into staging a coup against a democratically elected government. nike air max 90 femme 2017 The declaration was made in a statement signed by Brigadier-General JA Agim, Acting Director of Public Relations.
The statement was a response to the comment by the Deputy Senate President, Mr. cheap ffxiv Items Ike Ekweremadu, during a debate on a motion sponsored by Mr. Ahmed Ogembe, the senator representing Kogi Central Senatorial District.
Mr. new balance 574 Ekweremadu, among other things, was quoted to have said: a�?The problem in Nigeria is that our democracy is receding. Who says army cannot take over? Let us not joke with our democracy. That is the issue.a�?
While acknowledging that the Deputy Senate President’s comment may be cautionary and sincere, the DHQ considered the mention of the Army and by extension, the Armed Forces of Nigeria, derogatory. It called on Nigerians and the international community to disregard Mr. Fjallraven Mochilas Ekweremadu’s apprehension.
“The statement in the true sense has the capacity to denigrate the Nigerian military in every ramification, including its loyalty to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and the confidence of the general public to defend Nigeriaa��s democracy.
“In the light of this, the Defence Headquarters wishes to state clearly that the Nigerian military has come of age and is in tune with best international military practices of complete and total subordination to democratic governance,” said the statement.
The DHQ explained that some measures were taken in the past to depoliticize the Armed Forces.
It recalled that after the transition from a military to a democratically elected government in 1999, quasi-political military officers were eased out of service as a way of avoiding the indoctrination of other officers and enable the democratic government to commence a re-professionalization process of the Armed Forces.
“The process commenced in collaboration with international organizations such as the United States Armed Forces and the British Military.