The Armed Forces of Nigeria has expressed with dismay the story being peddled around by some unscrupulous elements alleging that some military officers met with a Presidential candidate with a view to disrupting the general elections that would lead to a coup in the country.
In a statement by the Acting Director, Defence Information (DDI), Brigadier General Tukur Gusau in Abuja on Saturday explained that such purported insinuations were not true but a “malicious propaganda.”
“The wicked and very malicious propaganda indicated that a so-called thursday meeting is plotting a Coup d’etat to establish unconstitutional order.
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria is disheartened that even politically exposed persons can denigrate themselves into joining agents of destabilization and violence in making false claims just to heighten tension in the polity.
“It needs to be stated that the Armed Forces of Nigeria is a professional military that is loyal to the constitution of the Federal Republic and will never be part of any evil plot against our democracy.
“Besides, the Military remains apolitical and neutral in the current political process and will not engage in the alleged shenanigans. The Armed Forces of Nigeria will never be part of any ignoble plot to truncate our hard-earned democracy.
Gen Gusau further warmed that those who engage in fabricating and spreading unfounded misinformation will be invited by the appropriate law enforcement agencies to substantiate their claims.
He admonished the general public to disregard such information and go about their normal activities.