Nigerian military warns politicians, soldiers against coup

The Nigerian military has warned politicians and soldiers against any military coup in Nigeria.

The Defence Headquarters in a statement by its spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu, said it was reacting to a statement by a senior lawyer calling for the handing over of power to the military.

“Let it be stated categorically that the Armed Forces of Nigeria remain fully committed to the present Administration and all associated democratic institutions.

“We shall continue to remain apolitical, subordinate to the Civil Authority, firmly loyal to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Mohammadu Buhari and the 1999 Constitution as Amended,” Mr Nwachukwu, a brigadier-general, said.

Nigeria last witnessed a military coup in 1993 with the military eventually relinquishing power in 1999.

There have been successful democratic transitions since then including to an opposition party as democracy takes its root in Africa’s largest country.

Read the full statement by the Defence Headquarters below.

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