Saturday, 5 December 2020

Buratai warns new generals against scuttling democracy

 


The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has warned the newly-promoted generals against coup plots.


He said the Nigerian Army would not tolerate any plot to scuttle the current democratic dispensation.


Buratai, who spoke during the decoration of 39 newly promoted major generals on Friday, said he was aware that “some generals were being approached and all our eyes are on them.”


He said, “Democracy has come to stay. We will not tolerate any agent of destabilisation. The years of military misadventure in politics have never carried us anywhere. It is over.”


Disclosing that the Army hierarchy was aware of some interests making efforts to interact with certain personnel, the COAS expressed confidence in the discipline and loyalty of the newly decorated officers.


 He warned, “Do not hobnob with politicians. At this rank of two-star generals, do not lobby for appointment. If you want to lobby for appointment, lobby the Chief of Army Staff and you can only do this through hard work, discipline and loyalty.


“The crop of officers decorated will never be dragged into any interest that is contrary to the sustenance of democracy in our nation.


“All our eyes are on you. We know there are several moves to get your attention. You must make sure that whatever you are doing, and when some persons approach you, you must act within the confines of the constitution.”


On the security challenges facing the nation, he said, “I am glad that we held the Spiritual Warfare Seminar on Wednesday and most of the decorated generals today are graduates of the Spiritual Warfare Seminar.\

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