Nigerian military debunks allegations by Sahara Reporters

Ugo Okoro, Abuja

Director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche

The Nigerian Army has described a recent article published by Sahara Reporters, as “another machination of mischief makers.”

The online report claimed that some “military and intelligence officers” were plotting a coup.

The Director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche said in a statement on Thursday, that “the publication by all intent is ultimately aimed at undermining the efforts of the Armed Forces of Nigeria towards tackling the security challenges in the Country and particularly that of the North East.  It should be disregarded as an unfounded and absolute disinformation.”

The military spokesman stated that it was “morally, practically, professionally and ethically impossible for the contemporary Nigerian Military to embark on truncating democracy in its own Country.  More so, members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria are in tune with best global practices of governance, which is democracy.

“The Defence Headquarters re-assures all Nigerians of the unalloyed loyalty of the Military to the Commander-in-Chief and total subordination to political and constituted civil authorities in the Country. ”

He said that the Chief of Army Staff “never raised any scare of a coup in May 2017, rather it was a normal service administrative caution to officers and men, that was issued by the Army on relationship between service personnel and civilians.  Thus, the contrary assertion reported is a gross and evil intended message to the general public and therefore should be disregarded.”

Major General Enenche also explained that the “BBC’s Hard Talk with the Chief of Army Staff during his official visit to the United Kingdom was never arranged by any group or cabal as reported.  It is a normal media practice to interact with principals of organizations on topical issues at such opportunities, which was what happened.  It was not for any image burnishing as maliciously purported.”

On a recent launch of a book on Brigadier General Zakaria Maimalari in Abuja, attended by former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon and former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, “it was not a cover for any power take over as wickedly portrayed, not minding the presence of key patriotic elder statesmen and leaders at the event.  This shows clear lack of situation analysis capability due to ulterior motive.”

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria will continue to carry out its constitutional roles as directed by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria,” the army spokesman concluded.