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Defence, army headquarters pledge loyalty to constitution

By Odita Sunday, Abuja
15 November 2021   |   4:00 am
Defence and Army Headquarters have reiterated their commitment to defend the nation’s Constitution, distancing themselves from any partisan agenda.

Nigerian Army PHOTO: AFP

Defence and Army Headquarters have reiterated their commitment to defend the nation’s Constitution, distancing themselves from any partisan agenda.

The Army specifically debunked allegations that it warned soldiers against toppling the government, while Defence Headquarters said it remained apolitical and would not hesitate to deal decisively with any person or group of persons that want to tarnish its image or draw it into partisan politics.

Army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, who debunked the report noted that the Directorate of Army Public Relations was notified of an online story making the rounds, with the caption, ‘Defence Headquarters warns soldiers against overthrowing Buhari’s regime’, published November 13, 2021 by an online news medium (not The Guardian).

He said: “The publication, which was riddled with outrageous lies and fabrications, claimed Defence Headquarters denounced a call for the military to take over the reins of power. The online outlet went further to attribute its falsehood to Army spokesman, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu.

“The only reason why this grossly unprofessional and blatantly irresponsible report is receiving any attention is the attribution of the false statement to the Director, Army Public Relations. The authors of the story must be the only news reporters who do not know that the Army spokesman does not speak for Defence Headquarters.

“However, for the sake of clarity, and to keep records straight, we wish to state that at no time did the Director, Army Public Relations issue any statement on the subject matter. It is, therefore, a figment of their imagination, which did not in anyway emanate from Brig. Gen. Nwachukwu.”