The Nigerian Army has disputed a story in the media that the country’s defence headquarters had issued a warning to soldiers against toppling President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to a statement released by the Army spokesperson, Nwachukwu Onyema, a publication titled “Defence Headquarters warns soldiers against overthrowing Buhari’s regime” and published on November 13 by a certain online news outlet known as “Naija News House,” has been making the rounds on social media.
According to Onyema, the abovementioned publication claimed that “Defense Headquarters has criticized a demand for the military to take over the reins of power,” which was laced with flagrant lies and fabrications. The online publication even credited its fabrication to “Army Spokesman, Brig-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu.”
The Army spokesperson said the only reason why ”this grossly unprofessional and blatantly irresponsible report is receiving any attention” is that it was attributed to him.
”For the sake of clarity and to keep the records straight, we wish to state that at no time did the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu issue any statement on the subject matter. It is therefore a figment of their imagination, which did not in any way emanate from Brig Gen Nwachukwu.
In any case, officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army do not need to be “warned against overthrowing Buhari’s government” as their loyalty to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces has never been in doubt. The Nigerian Army is a reputable national and patriotic institution that has fully subordinated herself to civil authority, having stood unwaveringly in defence of the nation’s democracy.” the statement from Nwachukwu reads