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Fani-Kayode mocks military’s statement on alleged plot to overthrow Buhari

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Former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has reacted to a statement by the Defence Headquarters distancing the military from an alleged plot to overthrow President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.

In a statement issued by Navy Capt. Muhammed Wabi, Deputy Director of Defence Information, the DHQ accused a group, “Nigerian Continuity and Progress (NCP)’’ of circulating a document calling for Buhari’s overthrow.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) wishes to dissociate itself from the rascality and intentions as espoused in a document being circulated by a faceless group named Nigerian Continuity and Progress (NCP) calling for support of a revolution to oust the current democratically elected government and in its place establish an illegitimate interim government.

“The AFN outrightly condemns the undemocratic and demonic actions of the author of the document.

“Accordingly, members of the public are enjoined to discountenance the content of the documents being circulated by NCP and equally condemned in totality, the call to derail our hard earned democracy,’’ the statement read in part.

“The AFN remains unflinchingly loyal to the Constitution, as well as President Muhammadu Buhari and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,’’ the military further said.

However, Fani-Kayode said that the military’s statement was not to be relied upon.

According to him, the military issued a similar statement just before it overthrew the democratically-elected government of Shehu Shagari in 1983.

Fani-Kayode wrote, “The statement by the Army that they have no plans to topple Muhammadu Buhari reminds me of the assurance of loyalty given to President Shehu Shagari by the Army in 1983 after rumours that they were planning a coup. A few weeks later they removed Shagari and replaced him with one Gen. Buhari.”

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John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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