‘We remain loyal to Buhari’ – military dismisses rumour of plotting to overthrow government


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The Nigerian military has dispelled a rumour that it may be involved in plans to overthrow the democratically elected government led by President Muhammadu Buhari.

A statement issued by Navy Capt. Muhammed Wabi, Deputy Director of Defence Information at the Defence Headquarters,  dissociated the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) from claims, adding that a group, “Nigerian Continuity and Progress’’ is behind an alleged document in circulation.

Wabi said the document called for the setting up of an “interim government’’ in place of the elected government.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria 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 calling for support of a revolution to oust the current democratically elected government and in its place establish an illegitimate interim government.

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“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 said.

“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 statement added that all relevant law enforcement agencies had been advised to unravel those behind the seditious document for appropriate actions.

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