Maj.-Gen. Adeniyi Oyebade, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, stated this in Abuja on Friday at an emergency meeting between top army commanders and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.
Oyebade, who stated that the army remains apolitical, added and that the issue of coup will not happen within the ranks of the army
The Chief of Army Staff summoned his top commanders across the army for a quick meeting this morning. Essentially, the meeting was to review the security situation in the country and to also let us know some of the reorganisation that has taken place over the last few days.
Oyebade further added that “We want to assure all our citizens that the army remains apolitical, our loyalty, allegiance to the constitutional authority of this land, the three branches of government, Mr President and Commander-in-Chief, our loyalty is unquestionable. We have decided long before now, since the beginning of the fourth Republic, to abide by our code of conduct and to remain subordinate to the civil authority.”
“We want to assure our people to be rest assured that the issue of coup will not happen within the ranks of the army and so also within the ranks of members of the Nigerian Armed Forces.’’
Oyebade, howeve,r noted that the military authority was not taking the issue lightly as it had commenced a full scale probe to unravel the mystery behind the matter.
According to him, the army is putting together resources, assets, efforts to find out where the dastardly speculation emanated from.
On other security matters, Oyebade said the army in conjunction with sister services remained unwavering in stemming the tide of terrorism in the North-East and militancy in the Niger Delta.
He said despite the challenges the military encountered in their operations in the North-East, they still remained committed to accomplishing their mission in the shortest time possible.