Nigeria’s Defense Headquarters (DHQ) has made it clear that the military supports democracy and has no interest in staging a coup.
for Friday, August 11, the DHQ issued a statement making this proclamation in response to reports that called for the military to disrupt the nation’s democracy and divert attention away from carrying out its constitutional duties.
The statement was signed by the Director of Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Tukur Gusau, and it read, “The Defence Headquarters frown at a report being circulated online about welfare issues in the Armed Forces of Nigeria.” The report’s proposal for military intervention in our democracy is extremely disloyal, wrong, and designed to deter the Nigerian military from carrying out its constitutional duties.
The AFN leadership is committed to the well-being of its members, but they strongly oppose any efforts to encourage the otherwise law-abiding Nigerian Armed Forces to participate in an illegal coup.
We want to make it clear that our armed forces thrive in a democratic society and have no intention of undermining the progress we’ve made toward a free and fair society.
His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has the full confidence of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN), led by Chief of Defense Staff General CG Musa, who has vowed that the military “will not be diverted from its roles that are well defined in the 1999 constitution (as amended).”