The Nigerian military has been advised by the Defence Headquarters to hand over power to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The military should temporarily monitor the government and restructure Nigeria, according to Robert Clarke, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
The Nigerian Armed Forces, according to Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Defence Information, “remain completely committed to the current administration and all associated democratic institutions.”
The Nigerian military, according to the spokesman, will remain apolitical, obedient to civil authority, and steadfastly loyal to the Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, and the 1999 Constitution as amended.
Nwachukwu went on to say that the military will continue to carry out its duties professionally, protect the country’s independence, maintain the country’s territorial integrity, and protect lives and properties of citizens.
The statement warned politicians who harbor irrational ambitions to rule Nigeria outside of the electoral process to abandon such ideas, assuring that the military, under the current leadership, will remain steadfast in defending Nigeria’s democracy and development.
“We also wish to remind all military personnel that it is treasonable to even contemplate this illegality. The full wrath of the law will be brought to bear on any personnel found to collude with people having such agenda.
“The current security challenges are not insurmountable. The Armed Forces of Nigeria in partnership with other other security Agencies are working assiduously to ameliorate the challenge. Nigeria will know peace again”, it reads.