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Chief of Defence Staff speaks on alleged plans to plot coup against President Tinubu 

He claims that the members of the Nigerian Armed Forces are content with democracy and faithful to Tinubu as their head of state.

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Chief of Defence Staff speaks on alleged plans to plot coup against President Tinubu 

 

Chief of Defence Staff has debunked the news making round the social media that the military is plotting to overthrow President Bola Tinubu.

 

General Christopher Musa, the Chief of Defence Staff, has guaranteed that the Nigerian military will not overthrow President Bola Tinubu’s legitimately elected administration.

 

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He claims that the members of the Nigerian Armed Forces are content with democracy and faithful to Tinubu as their head of state.

 

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During a visit to the Nigeria Army’s 6 Division in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, the military leader offered the assurance. Major-Gen. Jamal Abdussalam, the division’s general officer commanding, welcomed him to the facility.

 

 

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General Musa inaugurated the tree planting project, the 29 Battalion Magazine bank, the 47 Engineering Brigade Counter Improvised Explosives Device Squadron, and other projects during his visit.

 

 

Speaking in light of recent military takeovers in neighbouring nations like Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso, he stated that there is no need for concern in the nation because the Nigerian military fully supports democracy and is prepared to defend it.

 

Musa explained to reporters that he was in the state to meet with members and leaders of the armed forces and to motivate them to work harder and maintain their professionalism.

 

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He said: “We want to thank the Commander-in-Chief, the President of Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu for all the support he has given to the armed forces and security forces and to assure him that we are dedicated and committed in doing our job.

 

 

“We are here to protect the integrity of Nigeria. I actually came around, starting from Imo State, we went to Bayelsa and now I am in Rivers State to try to encourage the troops to continue to do more and remain professional.

 

“I want Nigeria to be assured that the armed forces of Nigeria is here for them to protect them and to protect Democracy and ensure that democracy thrives.

 

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“They should have no fear. We have had a number of coups in countries around Nigeria, we have Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, I know that there is a lot of apprehension. I want to assure everyone that the Arm Forces of Nigeria is dedicated and committed in ensuring and securing and supporting and standing by democracy.

 

 

“We stand by democracy. You saw that ECOWAS, the president being ECOWAS President was very decisive on the decision taken against the coup plotters and we want to assure Nigerians that nothing like coup is going to take place in Nigeria.

 

“All members of the Armed Forces are pleased with democracy and we will continue to defend democracy.”

 

 

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Speaking on the upcoming off-season governorship elections in the states of Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi, General Musa gave his assurance that the armed forces will be prepared to offer sufficient security.

 

He issued a warning to anyone who were plotting unrest to avoid the states because there would be no tolerance for violence.

 

He said that the military would do its part to guarantee a free, fair, and legitimate election.

 

 

 

 

He said: “You know three states will be having off-season elections, we are also ensuring of providing adequate security.

 

“We want the elections to be credible, free and fair to enable every voter to come out without being scared or being intimidated by anyone.

 

“And to also set a warning to all those that are used to doing the old ways of using violence to intimidate people, stealing ballot boxes that those days are gone, this is a new regime that we must stop.

 

 

“Anybody that is caught trying to intimidate anybody or cause any mayhem in any of the three states will have himself to blame. And this we assure Nigerians.”

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