Military Assures Commitment To Defending Nigeria’s Democracy

Military Assures Commitment To Defending Nigeria’s Democracy

By Chidozie Ogbonnaya

Responding to a comment by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu earlier in the week, regarding a possible Military take over if care is not taken, the Nigerian Military have restated their unalloyed support and loyality to protecting the lives of Nigerians and defence of her democracy.

A statement Ekweremadu made while contributing to a debate on a motion sponsored by Senator Ahmed Ogembe, representing Kogi Central. In his comments among others, the Deputy President of the Senate said “The Problem in Nigeria is that our democracy is receding. Who says army cannot take over, let us not joke with our democracy that is the issue”.

The Nigerian Military, however in a press statement released to the public by Acting Director Defence Information, Brigadier General J A. Agim, called on Nigerians to totally disregard Deputy President of the Senate’s apprehension, saying that the comment may appear cautionary and sincere in the atmosphere of discourse but derogatory to the Army and Armed forces by extension.

The Military also assured international community and Nigerians of their unwavering loyalty to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government, while reeling out measures the military have taken in time past to ensure the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria.

Here are the steps the military  highlighted;

A. ​Shortly, after the transition from a military to a democratically elected government in 1999, officers of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, who were quasi-political, were honourably eased out of service. This was done to avoid indoctrination of other officers in the Military in order to enable the democratic government commence a re-professionalisation process of the Armed Forces. The process commenced in collaboration with international organisations such as the United States Armed Forces and the British Military. By 2009, from the basic military training institutions through units and formation reorientation programmes to top management workshops and seminars for the military, it became clear that the Armed Forces of Nigeria has been re-professionalised to be totally subordinate to political leadership and democracy in the Country.

B.​ In addition, the Nigerian Military began to take the lead at ensuring that the West African Sub Region is stable democratically through military diplomacy and physical actions where it is highly desirable and supported by ECOWAS. The case of the Gambia last year is still fresh in our memories, where democracy was enforced by an ECOWAS Military Coalition led by the Armed Forces of Nigeria, under the focused and abled leadership of Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, General AG Olonisakin (NAM).

C.​ Furthermore, the present crop of personnel in the Armed Forces of Nigeria right from the Service Chiefs to the men; are made up of the balance of re-professionalised officers and fresh intakes from 1999, who do not nurse political ambitions. They are fully committed to their oaths of allegiance to serve their fatherland Nigeria, with total submission to our democratic government.

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