BEVERLY HILLS, May 04, (THEWILL) – Nigeria’s military high command has issued a strong warning, in the wake of a statement by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Robert Clark (SAN), suggesting that President Muhammadu Buhari hand over to the uniformed forces should he find it impossible to crack the prevailing security challenges.
THEWILL recalls that Clarke spoke recently in a monitored television interview, saying he doubted Nigeria’s capability to survive beyond the next six months due to the lopsided and shoddy handling of the matter of insecurity.
As Buhari had failed woefully in that department, the Senior Advocate suggested, the President should relinquish power to the military for a robust tackling of insurgents and terrorists.
However, a statement issued by the Director, Defence Information (DDI), Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, said the loyalty of the military establishment was irrevocable.
The full text said: “The attention of the military high command has been drawn to a statement purported to have been made by one Robert Clark (SAN), suggesting that the current political leadership should hand over power to the military for the purpose of restructuring.
“The Nigerian Military wishes to dissociate itself from such anti-democratic utterance and position. Let it be stated categorically that the Armed Forces of Nigeria remains fully committed to the present administration and all associated democratic institutions.
“We shall continue to remain apolitical, subordinate to the civil authority, firmly loyal to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and the 1999 Constitution as amended.
“We shall continue to discharge our constitutional responsibilities professionally, especially in protecting the country’s democracy, defence of the territorial integrity of the country as well as protection of lives and properties of citizens.
“The military high command wishes to use this opportunity to warn misguided politicians who nurse the inordinate ambition to rule this country outside the ballot box to banish such thoughts as the military under the current leadership remain resolute in the defence of Nigeria’s Democracy and its growth.
“We also wish to remind all military personnel that it is treasonable to even contemplate this illegality. The full wrath of the law will be brought to bear on any personnel found to collude with people having such an agenda.
“The current security challenges are not insurmountable. The Armed Forces of Nigeria in partnership with other security agencies are working assiduously to ameliorate the challenge. Nigeria will know peace again. Please be warned!”