Following the anxiety triggered over an alleged coup plot by some military personnel to truncate the nation’s democracy, the military has begun an investigation into the case.
Recall that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai had alerted the public to a suspicious relationship between some military personnel and politicians.
While declaring that there was no truth in the coup rumour, the Director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche said the military was committed to the sustenance of the current democracy and loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
At a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, Enenche alongside the directors of information units of the Nigerian Army, Air Force and Navy, stated that any coup from any quarter would not have the backing of the armed forces.
Enenche further enjoined Nigerians not to be afraid of any coup, saying all levels of military commands were making troops to remain focused and be conscious of the oath of allegiance they took to protect the constitution of the country.
“It was reported that some of our personnel have been exchanging visits for undisclosed political reasons. What I will tell you here is that we have set in, as it were for that particular case, an administrative machinery.
“It will not be good for us at this point to tell you something that may not be true and to retract it, it will not be healthy for the general public. Let us allow time and administrative procedures. When you talk abou the possible investigation, it takes some little time and I believe we are still within that little time. So, be patient.
“We are not a different world from what is happening all over the whole world. Our armed forces, the present crop of officers and soldiers, were modelled. We are in tune with the best international practices of governance, and that’s democracy, and we are for it,” Enenche said.
Reports reveal that last week, military authorities secretly constituted a panel to probe the coup rumours with the mandate to interrogate suspicious officers with a view to ascertaining their levels of culpability or otherwise in the alleged action, according to The Guardian.
At the briefing which was aimed at clarifying the statement credited to the Nigerian Army about a romance between some civilians and army personnel, Enenche said:
“Professionally, it is a command’s responsibility to caution officers and men o a routine basis to conform to the ethics of the military in all ramifications, which include interactions and exchange of visits among others.
“This command’s 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.”
The Defence Director maintained that the alarm over a suspicious relationship between some army officers and politicians and the subsequent warning to officers by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai, was not out of place.