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Attempted Coup: Nigerians will defend Buhari's govt, says APC


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The All Progressives Congress has warned that Nigerians will defend their democracy and resist any coup against the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“It is clear to everyone that Nigerians will defend their own democracy”, National Publicity Secretary of the ruling party, APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi,  stated this on Friday while reacting to the alarm by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai that some individuals were approaching some Army officers and soldiers for undisclosed political reasons.

According to the ruling party, “We have hesitated to react so far because we think that the house belongs to us, so we wanted to wait for Nigerians to react and Nigerians have reacted. If there was any such thing in the offing, I think it is clear to everyone that Nigerians will defend their own democracy.”

The Army had through its Director Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, said that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, received information that some individuals were approaching some officers and soldiers for some clandestine agenda, warning such persons to desist.

He went further to say that the “Nigerian Army is a thorough professional, disciplined, loyal and apolitical institution that has clear constitutional roles and responsibilities.”

The Army chief therefore warned all officers and soldiers interested in politics, to resign their commission or apply for voluntary discharge forthwith. “Any officer or soldier of Nigerian Army found to be hobnobbing with such elements or engaged in unprofessional conducts such as politicking would have himself or herself to blame”, he added.


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