Nigerian Army denies being part of interim government plan

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday said it was not aware of any plan for an interim government in the country.

This information is contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman.

The statement said, “the attention of the Army had been drawn to unsubstantiated allegations being circulated particularly in the social media about the Nigerian Army and the Chief of Army Staff’.’

Mr. Usman said that any discerning mind would notice that these false and baseless allegations were calculated attempts by unpatriotic elements to divide the Nigerian Army.

“The latest claim is that the Chief of Army Staff (COAs) is preparing to assume the leadership of this country through an interim government should the opposition party wins the 2015 general elections.

“This is dangerous, condemnable and a great disservice, given the tremendous sacrifices of the army in support of democracy in our nation.

“This is a deliberate attempt to erode public confidence and trust in the army and will not be tolerated. The masterminds of these campaigns of calumny are advised to desist from their nefarious activities forthwith.’’

On a letter purportedly written by “Concerned Officers and Soldiers of Operation Zaman Lafiya”, the Army spokesperson said, “this is a rehash of the same issues peddled by writers of a similar petition written last year using the stolen identity of a serving military officer.’’

The statement noted that another online medium (not PREMIUM TIMES) claimed that two serving Major Generals of the Army had tendered letter of resignation over alleged disagreement with the COAs during a meeting.

It said the medium neither mentioned the names of the senior officers concerned nor the time and place of the alleged meeting with the COAs.

The statement added that for the avoidance of doubt, there had been no resignation whatsoever in the army on account of disagreement with the Chief of Army Staff.

“It must be stated categorically that the army is apolitical. In the same vein, it does not tolerate any of its officers or soldiers being involved in political matters.

“In this regard, it is recalled that the COAs, while addressing the passing out parade of 71 Regular Recruits Intake at Depot Nigerian Army Zaria, recently, reiterated this.

“As you all are aware, this is an election year. I therefore urge you to read and understand the code of conduct for military personnel during elections.

“You must remain apolitical at all times and in all situations. You must also see yourselves as ambassadors of the Nigerian Army and project the image of the service positively at all times.

“To achieve this, you are expected to discharge your duties diligently, professionally and patriotically.’’

The statement said it was pertinent to restate the fact that the army remained committed and loyal to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the President, who is the Commander-in-Chief.

It said the army is conscious and committed to its subordination to constituted civil authorities.

It added that “politicians and their agents and agencies should please desist from attempts to drag the army into their political issues.’’ (NAN)


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  • Bolanle

    When did the Army become apolitical? I beg, talk another thing.
    Generals Gowon, Murtala, Obasanjo, Buhari, Babangida, and,
    Sani Abacha – was any of them apolitical inside the army. I beg.

  • arewethishopeless

    What about the special unit assigned to Obanikoro to disenfranchise and abuse the rights of opponents?

    Am sure this will continue. Is that not political?

  • SADIQ

    OK

  • Guguru

    If you believe the corrupt Nigerian Army then I have an oil company to sell to you. Is the Chief of Army Staff not an Ijaw man?

  • Yusuf

    Our last hope lies with the NA, but personally I can not issue my apology for believing the insinuation until it is proved wrong after Feb 14. The army coming in this time will not only divide their ranks but will tear Nigeria into pieces. We paid a heavy price for June 12 but we can not survive his one..I pray the army will keep this nation together; the nation they sacrificed their own lives for

  • Tayelolu

    If the Army is a-political, why did President Jonathan use the Nigerian army to rig the election that brought in Ayo Fayose in Ekiti state through the efforts of Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro the then minister of defense? You need to shut up Col Sani Usman. The more the army talks the more they betray their partisanship in favor of Mr. Jonathan’s political ambition. Anything Mr. Jonathan touches is corroded, the Nigerian army inclusive.

  • Oleku

    It was those clowns in New York–senior partners in crime of PT that peddled the falsehood–I still maintain that both SR ati PT should be sanctioned and if possible banned from audience in Naija-shikena

    • tundemash

      Oleku Shekau,

      Was it PT or SR that announced they killed your bro Shekau 3 times??
      Only a d@ft will beleive these boys’ scout Generals . ICC awaits any boys’ scout General aiding and abetting Dumbo !

  • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

    Mr. Jonathan hardly has any alternative to the staging of a free and fair presidential election devoid of any misuse of the judiciary, the military and the electoral commission. He has no choice but to concede defeat on the 15th of February 2015 when he will be declared beaten hands down. Nigeria will not survive international economic sanctions on top of the present hardship endured by the common man to satisfy the political whims and caprices of a single person. Jonathan will end up an international fugitive and a candidate for the International Criminal Court if he allows the worst-case-scenario take hold on Nigeria. Then he may quickly realize how the 7,500 soldiers of the African Union may be quickly bolstered by aids from all over the world to not only crush the resistance of his private army but also to facilitate his own arrest. Once again, a word should be enough for the wise! ERT

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  • Bidemi Lukman

    Even if it is true, NA is expected to deny it and that would not prevent them from carrying out the plan if they actually intend doing that. APC once alledged that PDP was planning to extend election date through a paid protest which is currently happening

  • Shuaibu Bola Victor

    APC is afraid of unknown. They live in fear and always contrive rumours to score cheap political goals. GEJ till 2019

    • kick ’em out

      “I NO FIT DO AM” – GEJ

      • Shuaibu Bola Victor

        kworuption(corruption) — Buhari

  • tundemash

    Didn’t these same Nigerian Army told us Shekau was killed 3 times ?????
    Only a d@ft will beleive these boys’ scout Generals . ICC awaits any boys’ scout General aiding and abetting Dumbo !

  • Dan Arewa

    The problem is that Nigerians now believed what the SOCIAL MEDIA circulated more than they trust Nigerian Army. We no longer have confidence in you. You failed us woefully. Many of my brothers and sisters dies in the hands of Boko Haram as you throw away your guns and run away, leaving them behind to face the dreaded sect. The respect you have is no longer there. Nigerians now look at you with disdain and anger because sometimes they believe in vigilante groups who used BINDIGAR TOKA more than they believe in you. Imagine few days a go an order was given for the removal of armored tanks that have been protecting Monguno. Why must the people there be left alone to die in the hands of Boko Haram.

    Until such a time when you decided to do the right thing (stop corruption amongst your top officers, free Nigeria from Boko Haram and any other external aggression), Nigerians will continue to loose faith in you.

  • Lemmuel Odjay

    My advice for the Nigerian Military is to completely keep off, remain neutral and secure their arms. Any incursion by the Nigerian military into the impending debacle being encouraged by Jonathan, the PDP and, to an extent, the APC, could only exacerbate an already volatile situation. None of the two solutions available to us is without pain, because our Sin has has come full cycle before Baba upstairs. Repeat, the Nigerian Military must keep off and remain neutral. They lack any moral fiber to play an advocate’s role, as they have themselves become a part of the problem. If, however, they choose to join the fray, then what we see happening in Libya today would, for obvious reasons, be child’s play. It is in the interest of President Ebele Goodluck Jonathan, the PDP, INEC and the rest of us to ensure that the forthcoming elections hold as scheduled, and that none of the actors involved is stood down under any excuse both before and after the elections. For if the goose cannot be qualified to stand for an elective post then, ofcourse, the gander already stands unqualified because of its present state of rot. In our desperation to preserve our questionable selves, we must avoid one damning mistake of the past, whereby we sought to selectively punish opponents seen to pose formidable challenges to our aspirations, by contriving and carrying out ignoble plans to prevent them from participation. It is wicked and one of the mistakes that triggered the Nigerian civil war. It is the same mistake that dragged us into the June 12 political hiatus. Now, like the stiff-necked, shutting their eyes tight and stuffing their ears with sand, we are about to repeat the obvious mistake a third time. Would we ever learn? Do we? Only this time, our Sin has found us out and there is no escape. A depraved leadership deserves nothing less than a purging.

    • Rik

      @Wahala,
      Good analysis as always.
      The onerous question is this: In the event GMB wins and Jonathan refuses to concede defeat, what solution would proffer as an alternative to an interim govt? Should we go the way of Laurent Gbagbo, Ivorian ex president, if all else fails?

      • Lemmuel Odjay

        I stated that Nigeria has two options, both of them painful. I have never chosen to dwell at Buhari’s bus stop indefinitely. In the case that things go the way you feared they could, then the second, more painful, option awaits, depending on the people’s will if any: to take control of the course of the nation. This would, however, be followed by so much purging some would see the process as a long awaited opportunity to go their separate ways. The military would be tempted into intervening, because under their constitution they are sworn to preserving the territorial entity known as Nigeria. But that move could likely throw an already awkward situation into a carfuffle and make things messier. The best military Nigeria ever had in terms of unity, professionalism and focus, was the one the British left behind. In less than six years – those first glorious six years, we had dragged our military through the mire of ethnicity and prostituted it by exposure to the lures of filthy lucre, our bane. The evidence could be seen in their vacillation during engagements at the Sambisa forest. The IBBs and Abachas of our clime had violently ruptured the hymen protecting the sanctity of the Nigerian military. Our military have now become like us, divided along tribe and creed and speaking in a cacophony of strange tongues; excelling abroad but capitulating to the enemy at home. Is this the kind of military you envisage to steal the people’s revolt and turn it around for good? Results from their past suicidal incursions into governance should provide answers to the questions. If Nigerians are truly sick and fed up to the teeth of our leaders’ insistence that we remain beggarly for ever; if we continue to gaze at the horizon every morning and see no ray of hope; if Nigerians wake up one morning to find that the Igbo or Yoruba, Hausa or Urhobo does not stand in his way of progress after all, and that we could together raise a lovey family, then the military has no other choice but stay rooted in their barracks and allow the bona fide owners of the land take control and clean the stables. Only then would that ray of hope across our horizon that comes with streaks of silver usher in a new dawn for us and our children. This is what the retrogressive elements in our midst who benefit from ruling us from the centre are scared of happening, because it would not only take away control from their reach, it would banish all the reasons behind our hatred for one another. Are we, or are we not going to take our future in our own hands TODAY?

    • Etomi

      Guy….
      I see you harping too trenchantly against the president and the PDP, whereas all around us we see a state of desperation that cuts across board, but which desperation peaks with the APC….
      Apparently, the opposition does not believe at all that the election might not go their way, which is why long before now, the Amaechis of this world have been talking about forming a parallel government; Buhari talking about dogs and baboons that would be soaked in blood as though the courts have suddenly taken leave of Nigeria, for which anybody is free to take the laws into their hands….
      I share your sentiments that the military shall by no means intervene in this election….
      I want to stretch the sentiment further by saying: if the call for Nigeria to break up develops into concrete wisdom in the days to come, the military must, for no reason whatsoever, intervene…
      It is high time the various groups that make up Nigeria freely decide on whether or not they want to remain one country, and on which terms that would hold good…
      That decision for or against must be grounded on mutually reached and agreed terms…
      If for, then the terms would be codified in a peoples constitution…..
      If against, “To your tents O! Israel!”
      NO! NO!! NO!!! TO MILITARY INTERVENTION OF ANY SHADE OR FORM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Etomi

      Guy….
      I see you harping too trenchantly against the president and the PDP, whereas all around us we see a state of desperation that cuts across board, but which desperation peaks with the APC….
      Apparently, the opposition does not believe at all that the election might not go their way, which is why long before now, the Amaechis of this world have been talking about forming a parallel government; Buhari talking about dogs and baboons that would be soaked in blood as though the courts have suddenly taken leave of Nigeria, for which anybody is free to take the laws into their hands….
      I share your sentiments that the military shall by no means intervene in this election….
      I want to stretch the sentiment further by saying: if the call for Nigeria to break up develops into concrete wisdom in the days to come, the military must, for no reason whatsoever, intervene…
      It is high time the various groups that make up Nigeria freely decide on whether or not they want to remain one country, and on which terms that would hold good…
      That decision for or against must be grounded on mutually reached and agreed terms…
      If for, then the terms would be codified in a peoples constitution…..
      If against, “To your tents O! Israel!”
      NO! NO!! NO!!! TO MILITARY INTERVENTION OF ANY SHADE OR FORM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      THE PROBLEM OF NIGERIA IS BY NO MEANS JONATHAN; BUT THE NORTH WITH ITS SUPREMACIST COMPLEX, WHICH FOR YEARS HAVE STRUCTURED NIGERIA AFTER ITS OWN IMAGE AS GROUNDED IN A SATANIC DOCUMENT CALLED THE 1999 CONSTITUTION….
      UNLESS AND UNTIL THAT SCOURGE OF A DOCUMENT IS DECONSTRUCTED AND VACATED FOR A TRULY PEOPLES CONSTITUTION TO TAKE ITS PLACE, WE WOULD CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR SCAPEGOATS ON WHOM TO PLACE ALL OF OUR WOES…..
      ONLY AN IRREMEDIABLE F00L WOULD BLAME JONATHAN FOR THE D00M CALLED NIGERIA

  • Spoken word

    for the Nigerian Army it is not your denials that matter it is your actions.

  • dd

    APC as usual. Who will say nonsense again. They only meet in town hall meeting in far Yobe and deep Sokoto where they can use Hausa to communicate but will never appear in national broadcast interview.

    • Dan Arewa

      Brain ‘DEAD’.

    • kick ’em out

      “WE WILL REGRET CALLING A TOUT” – GEJ

  • larry_boy

    Believe this and believe anything even if it does not make sense. Going by their activity in the past concerning GMB certificate, it was said that the certificate was with them at one point and later was not with them again. How can we believe this when it has be known that they speak from both sides of their mouth. And mind you, they only said that they are not planning the interim govt but not that they will not set interim govt when asked to if it happened that the incumbent govt lost this election. As for me, until May 29th come, I will never believe what Nigeria Army says on this issue

    • Scalywag

      But he said he is loyal to GEJ. He should be loyal to LAWFUL ORDERS issued by GEJ. With Makus revelations, it’s not easy

  • Ademola

    The situation is very likely to degenerate in the wake of the elections. Both sides are on the edge, and 2011 showed that part of the APC will not go smoothly with a loss. If a deadlock happens between both sides (one refusing to acknowledge
    the other’s victory) that is when the army might take action. The risk is that, if in power they will not let go (think about what happened recently in Burkina Faso, and how hard it was to get rid of the interim military regime). Militaries do not let go of power easily. If anyone, Buhari is a good example of that.

    • Scalywag

      Buhariphobics

  • Emancipation

    Who will ever believe a corrupt institution like the Nigerian Army. From the chibok girls, the boko haram propaganda, Buhari certificate clearly shows that whenever the military speaks the opposite is the truth.

  • Olusola

    You will tell us all you knew from 12Noon May 29th 2015 when His Excellency, Gen Muhammadu Buhari takes over. We will take your statements. So dont be in a hurry!

  • Abraham Lee

    The Army probably thinks we are all idiots like them. Even here in America, army officers are known to be the worst sets of elements because they are easily bought over, they engage in all types of crime and dubious activities from drug trafficking, sex trafficking, arms smuggling to whatever you can imagine. So if Western military and security forces who are acclaimed to be the best are actually the worst, who are the Nigerian army to be different. Please let them say something else, as we are not all clueless and brainless like their Commander – GEJ. It is only a few more days and we will all know is has been lying