Nigerian Army Chief of Staff, Tukur Buratai has warned soldiers to stay off politics and politically related activities. Mr. Buratai gave the warning on Tuesday through a statement released by the Army spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman.
“This is to inform the public that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Nigerian Army, has received information that some individuals have been approaching some officers and soldiers for undisclosed political reasons. On the basis of that, he has warned such persons to desist from these acts”.
CHECKPOINTCHARLEY understands that there has been rumours within the army of a coup being planned by junior officers.
And that Lt. Gen. Buratai had cause to discuss the matter with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo – assuring that he will crush any such attempt or plan.
The recent redeployment of military generals within the Nigerian Army may not be unconnected with the coup rumours, which worsened following President Muhammadu Buhari’s departure to the United Kingdom for urgent medical care.
Mr. Buhari, a northerner, had written the National Assembly transferring powers to his deputy, Mr. Osinbajo, a southerner.
The army on Tuesday advised 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,” the army spokesperson said.