The Chief of Army Staff, Lietenant General TY Buratai has warned the Nigerian army to stay clear of politics in a letter posted on social media by Bridgadier General SK Usman, spokesperson for the Nigerian Army. Even though detail in the letter were not clear most Nigerian media have gotten a hint that there was rumours of military coup against the regime.
Since President Muhammadu Buhari took ill and was flown to London, some people have continued to worry that he may not return and power would shift to his deputy and have warned that in that case a Northerner should replace Osinbajo in 2019 in case of any eventuality. NEWISSUES cannot verify if any of that is linked to the current issue, or if it is the general perceived failure of politicians as most military coup are linked to such excuses. However there is alarm in the military circle.
Below is the letter written by the military.
COAS WARNS OFFICERS OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY TO STEER CLEAR FROM POLITICS
This is to inform the public that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Nigerian Army, Lieutenant General TY Buratai, has received information that some individuals have been approaching some officers and soldiers for undisclosed political reasons. On the basis of that, he has warned such persons to desist from these acts.
He also reminded them that Nigerian Army is a thorough professional, disciplined, loyal and apolitical institution that has clear Constitutional roles and responsibilities.
Therefore, he seriously warned and advised all officers and soldiers interested in politics, to resign their commission or apply for voluntary discharge forthwith.
Any officer or soldier of Nigerian Army found to be hobnobbing with such elements or engaged in unprofessional conducts such as politicking would have himself or herself to blame.
The COAS has further reiterated that the Nigerian Army will remain apolitical and respect the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Thank you for your kind cooperation.
Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman
Director Army Public Relations