The Defence Headquarters, DHQ, has dismissed rumours of a coup-plot to overthrow the President Muhammad Buhari government.
The Defence Spokesman, Major-General John Enenche, made this known during a Press Conference, on Wednesday, at the Defence Headquarters, in Abuja.
Recall, that the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, recently warned Officers and Soldiers of the Army, not to associate with Politicians.
A statement by Army Spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman, said the Army Chief received information that some individuals have been approaching some Officers and Soldiers for undisclosed political reasons.
He also: “Seriously warned and advised all Officers and Soldiers interested in politics, to resign their commission, or apply for voluntary discharge forthwith.”
However, the Defence Spokesman, on Wednesday said: “I have told you on behalf of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, that nobody should be afraid of any coup.”
He said this briefing is to clarify on the statement credited to the Army, about the relationship between some civilians and Army personnel.
He explained that professionally, it is a command responsibility to caution Officers and men on routine basis, to conform to the ethics of the Military in all ramifications.
He said this includes: “Interactions and exchange of visits, among others.
This command responsibility is exercised right from the highest echelon, such as the office of the Service Chiefs, down to the lowest levels of Command. Hence, the caution from the Army in this case.”
He said this is to prevent members of the Armed Forces, from derailing from their core focus of total dedication to their oath of allegiance, and usual practice in Military administration.
He added that: “it is pertinent to state that, if there are signs of actions that point to likely breaches of Military code of conduct as it were, cautions or warnings are issued with possible investigations following.”
“Thus, in the present situation, the Armed Forces and the Army in particular, have employed the due process to ensure that Officers and men, remain committed to performing their constitutional roles.
“As such, the mentions of coup plots from some quarters, are assertions which are not confirmed”, he stated.
He further said: “let me assure all Nigerians and lovers of this country, that the Armed Forces is, and will remain totally loyal to the Commander-In-Chief (C-in-C) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and in complete subordination to civil rule.”
“All fears about a coup should be allayed, as the contemporary Nigerian Military is abreast with the best international practices in governance, which is democracy”, he stated.