The Nigerian Army has warned that some unpatriotic Nigerians are conspiring with some foreign collaborators to frustrate and derail the swearing in of President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29.
The Nigerian Army made this troubling revelation in a statement issued by the acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, on Saturday.
“Some of these mischievous elements thought that we would not have a safe and successful general elections but were proved wrong, hence they want to derail the scheduled handing over later this month and to scuttle the democratic process in the country,” the army spokesperson, Sagir Musa, said.
Col. Musa noted that these alleged unpatriotic elements were planning to achieve their aim by causing mischief and exacerbating the security situation in the country and in the West African sub-region.
The Army spokesman further alleged that the group is empowering the ISWAP/Boko Haram terrorists group and bandits operating in the North-West region with funds and other logistics supports.
“These persons and groups are making efforts to further induce the ISWAP and Boko Haram terrorists and bandits with funds and other logistic support. Their body language and unguarded utterances seem to be in tandem with the above and imply a tacit support for the criminals,” he said.
“Some of these mischievous elements thought that we would not have safe and successful general elections but were proved wrong. Hence they want to derail the scheduled handover later this month and to scuttle the democratic process in the country.
“We note that foreign interest are also working assiduously to cause disaffection and divide the coalition, MNJTF, to give room for ISWAP and its defeated local franchise, the Boko Haram terrorists’ group, to resurrect.”
“For example, credible source has shown that some individuals are hobnobbing with Boko Haram terrorists, while others are deliberately churning falsehood against the security agencies with a view to set the military against the people and the government.
“They are also demoralising troops and security agencies through false accusations and fake news,” Col. Musa said.
There has been increase in banditry in the country lately (especially in the North-West region including Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna and Sokoto States).
The Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, had in a statement last week revealed that over 1,000 persons have been killed in the first quarter of 2019. He added that over 75% of the killings and kidnapping happened in the North, especially in the North-West.
The Army further noted that it was usually called in when security situation got worse; “The army is a stakeholder in the national security and sustenance of democracy. Additionally, we are making this statement because the military, particularly the army, has always been called upon to intervene in conflict situations and resolve crises in most cases when they get worse, while the public expect miracles.
“We reiterate our loyalty to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to defend the territorial integrity of this nation from both external and internal aggression. Nigeria is a sovereign country with a clearly established judicial system. Therefore, all aggrieved persons and groups should take advantage of that and resolve their differences amicably.”