Military authorities said on Monday that it is loyal to the democratic institutions and the 1999 constitution, warning politicians not to drag it into their selfish game plan.
Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement said the current challenges facing the country are not insurmountable.
He was reacting to a statement credited to Chief Robert Clark, SAN, who allegedly called on President Muhammadu Buhari to hand over the reign of leadership to the military for it to restructure the country.
But Nwachukwu described such call as undemocratic, even as he warned that any member of the armed forces who contemplate scuttling the current democratic dispensation shall be dealt with.
The statement reads: “Let it be stated categorically that the Armed Forces of Nigeria remain fully committed to the present Administration and all associated democratic institutions.
“We shall continue to remain apolitical, subordinate to the Civil Authority, firmly loyal to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Mohammadu Buhari and the 1999 Constitution as Amended.
“We shall continue to discharge our constitutional responsibilities professionally, especially in protecting the country’s democracy, defence of the territorial integrity of the country as well as protection of lives and properties of citizens.
“The Military High Command wishes to use this opportunity to warn misguided politicians who nurse the inordinate ambition to rule this country outside the ballot box to banish such thoughts as the military under the current leadership remain resolute in the Defence of Nigeria’s Democracy and its growth.
“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.”