Nigerian military pledges not to undermine democracy

Director of Defence Information, Chris Olukolade

The Nigerian military has said it will not undermine Nigeria’s democracy or encourage any act that would threaten democratic process in Nigeria.

Referring to the controversy over the military’s role in the recent postponement of the 2015 general election, Defence Spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, said neither the military nor any of its service chiefs will engage in any act that could pose a threat to Nigeria’s democracy.

Mr. Olukolade, in a statement, said Nigerians and its friends should be “reassured that the Nigerian Armed Forces believes strongly in the prospects of the country under a democratic rule and will continue to discharge its responsibility to support our democracy as constitutionally guaranteed.”

Stating that the military values the calm exhibited by citizens, the defence spokesperson said it recognizes the nation’s larger interest and that her security is sacrosanct and beyond any political expediency or ulterior consideration.

“Indeed, the leadership, in particular, the Chief of Defence Staff and the Service Chiefs, being products and beneficiaries of the nation’s democratic processes themselves, continue to cherish highly, the nation’s democracy,” Mr. Olukolade said.

He advised Nigerians to strive towards separating the military from partisan politics and retain their confidence in its neutrality and sense of patriotism at this critical point.

Mr. Olukolade said that while the military will be working with all other security agencies to protect Nigeria’s electoral process; all military personnel have also been warned to stay conscious of the service oath and solemn commitment to protect the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria while remaining loyal to constituted authorities in the country.

Mr. Olukolade said, no excuse will be acceptable for any act that tends to compromise the electoral process or decent conduct of personnel while discharging duties related to elections in Nigeria in March and April.

On Saturday, the INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, announced the postponement of election originally scheduled to hold in February after the nation’s security agencies indicated to the commission that they will not be available to provide security during the elections.

The INEC chairman said security operative agencies told INEC that they were commencing a six-week special operation against Boko Haram insurgents in the north eastern corridors of the country and would rather not be distracted by the elections.


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  • BlackieUmukoro

    The military is the only unifying factor in this country. It was deliberately polarised by northern military leaders until Ebele brought in some sanity recently. I just wonder where all these town criers about the army’s partiality were all these years. Idiots they all are

    • bib

      Like moving 70000 soldiers to conduct ekiti and osun states elections.

      • Emeka John

        Point of correction: to steal Ekiti and Osun election. Yesterday they invaded IMO government house on the orders of one ashawo junior minister called viola onwuliri.

        • bib

          Thank you

      • BlackieUmukoro

        Whatever
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

    • Uzochukwu

      How come all supporters of this failed regime reason from the anus? Quite baffling.

      • BlackieUmukoro

        You are an ardent user of the anus, hence
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

    • Maitama Tambari

      Really! Umukoro? Go to Abia State and ask your brother who messed up the Nigeria Army, as Chief of Army Staff. Who recruited most of the disappointment of the military. Your brother. Who created the shameful outing of the Nigerian Army in the North East, your brothers. The Northerners, when they were in position of power, Nigerian Army is showered with accolades. I was in Free Town, Serra Leone, in 2006 and the praising of the Nigerian Army by the citizens of that country on how the Army saved Serra Leone from the rebels sponsored and sent by Johnson from Liberia, will make you, you as a Nigerian shade tears of Joy. General Sani Abacha sent Nigerian troops to save the capital, Serra Leone from the air, where the Nigerian Airborne battalion dropping from the air like Second World War film, into the city, taking the rebels off guard. Nigerian Army forced the rebels out of the heart of the city. This was led by my brothers from the North. What have your brothers done in North East of Nigeria? CHANGE! YES WE CAN.

      • BlackieUmukoro

        The NSA, Defence Minister and the service chiefs are your brothers indeed and we are seeing their wonderful service in your NE. Nonsense Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Dan Arewa

          As you said. ‘Nonsense sent from your blackberry wireless device from MTN’. Nonsense indeed.

    • mukhtar abdullah

      Jonothing is going come rain come sunshine.why do you people bother yourselves with bootlickers?a stern looking army who pisses in his pants at mere mention of boko haram will not scare me away

      • BlackieUmukoro

        But ordinary cow without horns scares you. She ge
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  • DD

    Sorry, tell it to the marines. Exactly the same thing you liars said before the Ekiti elections. But we now know better.

  • SAM .A

    ‘..all military personnel have also been warned to stay conscious of the service oath and solemn commitment to protect the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria while remaining loyal .. ‘
    Chris Olukolade , how do you enforce the above warning sir? I am happy you speak Yoruba , listen to the Ekiti Movie hear how Obanikoro Fayose and Omisore ridicule yourBrigadier Gen. Aliyu Momoh, who had earlier took service oath.
    He asked the bloody civilians , should he start crying?It is this group of soldiers of fortune that has eroded the professionalism , & brought decay to NA that we used to know in the 80s, 90s who were the pride of Africa & the World. This reason is why your 100,000 cannot defeat 6,000 BH.
    The Service Oath has been broken by lots of your ranks, how do you fix it.

  • Sams

    I think the title should be “Nigerian military pledges not to undermine democracy ANYMORE”.

    • Dan Arewa

      Funny but correct.

  • tundemash

    Boys’ scout leader Olukolade, keep that pledge in the file for the panel that will investigate you after May 29th !
    Meanwhile go listen to the Ekiti rigging tape and see the folly in this your statement !

    • August January

      Oh my God! You’re so funny. How did you come about this description? I can’t laugh o! In fact, you’ve described these guys presently parading themselves as Nigerian soldiers so perfectly – boys’ scouts! Jonathan’s puppets!

    • Otile

      Don’t insult our General. If he uses iron hand on boko boys you people will accuse him of committing human rights abuses on your religion and people. The General is a Christian gentleman.

      • Funso

        Which General Ọmọ àlè?.

  • Lawrence Aje

    But the military worked as PDP mercinery at the June 21, 2014 Ekiti governorship election. That the Armed forces allowed themselves to be dragged into civil matter as election does not support this neutrality claim. As we speak the army is said to be doing their party ‘s dirty job by monting a surveillance at Mr Bola Tinubu’s Ikoyi home for a criminal purpose of intimidation, frustration of opposition. Tinubu is a civilian, a politician and as such a police detachment duel armed with court warrant would be enough if there is any treason able suspicion.The army and security forces has turned there weapons on innocent civilians leaving their primary duties behind

    • Sword of Damocles

      God bless you

  • Guguru

    If you believe these guys, then I have a BMW M5 to sell you on planet Jupiter.

    One wonders why they bother to tell lies with official communication when they know very well that they intend to rig the elections as they did in Ekiti and Osun States. May be they feel important when they go on camera to tell lies.

  • Sword of Damocles

    There is a simple test to this statement by the Nigerian Military. Has the Leadership of the Military listened to Capt. Koli’s recording? What do they intend to do about the Brigadier General Momoh’s apparent involvement in a criminal conspiracy(court martial?)? Did anyone in the military leadership know about the activities of Gen Momoh? until these questions are answered, the leadership of the Nigerian military remain culpable in a criminal conspiracy against the Constitution and the Nigerian people.

  • sammyctu ode

    All Nigerian government officials are chronic pathological liers. Their only allegiance is to jonathan and pdp so nobody believe what the military “boys” are saying because they want to amass lots of money so that they will not work after retirement and they are afraid GMB will send lots of them to kuje and kirikiri for life. If they are serious, a non-partisan military would have swung into action to speedily investigate the Ekiti videos and tapes then court marshall all the corrupt military officials who participated in the show of shame. Also, if jonathan is a serious well meaning president, he would have asked SSS to round up the civilian collaborators but he is a president without good liver and conscience.

  • Funso

    Mr. Olukolade before we can even talk and examine your questionable claims, can you please tell us about how the military was used to rig the Ekiti elections? Can you comment on the audio tape showing how the Nigerian military was used in a disgraceful manner to rig in Ekiti? If you cannot do this, please keep your “commitment” to yourself. We do not need it because Mr. Goodluck Jonathan has bought the leadership of the Nigerian military.

  • ABUBAKAR A.

    AS YOU ARE TALKING NOW THE SPOKESMAN OF THE MILITARY, YOUR OFFICERS ARE PRESENTLY MONITORING THE HOUSES OF THE OPPOSITION IN PARTICULAR APC AND ESPECIALLY THE HOUSE OF BOLA AHMED TINUBU. FEAR ALMIGHTY GOD IN ALL YOUR DEALINGS AND ACTIONS.

  • Bayo Ola

    Nigeria Military has already undermined Nigeria democracy. President Jonathan has destroyed every institution of government including the Military. The Service Chiefs recently truncated election date with a bogus excuse that Nigeria constitution did not envisage. Further, your military officer connived with civilians to rig elections iin Ekiti state. Therefore, the question is when will we the people hold your officers accountable for their (your officers) treasonable actions against the people of Nigera? I hope soon.

    • Dan Arewa

      Rightly said. Thanks.

  • Dan Arewa

    NA, this is your…… 5th or 7th lie of the year. I hear because I have ears.

  • NaijaMan

    The Military’s statement means nothing and has no value. Nigeria military is seriously discredited. For example, it was ineffective in the Niger Delta. It cannot fight Boko Haram. Chadian military is helping to reclaim Nigeria lost territories, international partners don’t trust it – the U.S. seem to trust the Chadian military and had located its personnel helping on BH in Chad, the British planned to locate their surveillance jet for the NE in Ghana, etc. The military is corrupt, inept, and it is really of no good to Nigeria. What did it do with hundreds of billions of budget allocation that Nigeria has to take a loan of $1billion for it to fight some miscreants called BH? What good has the military done for Nigeria in the last 20 years? The force and its leadership should be ashamed!!! It helped PDP to rig Ekiti Elections and is currently working extremely hard to help PDP to rig this year’s election and suppress the will of the peopled – never mind what it says publicly. We should look forward to a day when the Nigeria military can be overhauled so we have a force that can really defend Nigeria’s territorial integrity and protect Nigerians.