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Coup scare: People flying a kite, says retired officers

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Bayo Akinloye

A retired military officer, Col. Jibrin Isa, has said the recent report about some politicians hobnobbing with certain military officers in the Nigerian Army is an attempt by some people to gauge the mood of the Nigerian masses on the possibility of a coup in the country.

Last week, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, had warned military men against being used by politicians to truncate the country’s democracy.

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According to him, the military high command had received information that some individuals were approaching some officers and soldiers for undisclosed political reasons.

However, Isa, who was implicated in the 1995 phantom coup, said, “Coup is no longer fashionable. People are flying a kite. The security agencies know what to do if anything is in the offing.”

Also speaking on the matter, Col. Gabriel Ajayi  stated that Nigerians should not be in a hurry to demonise the military.

“Establishing the rulership of any nation should not be on the basis of who first grab the machine guns and hand grenades. For in this there are no rules of engagement; for another group could also grab the same machine guns and hand grenades to perpetrate another illegality. We should treat any rumour in that respect with utmost caution and subtlety so that we don’t inadvertently play into the hands of hostile or rogue intelligence.

“Let us kindly give our noble compatriots in active service benefit of the doubt that they themselves fully understand the dire consequences and implications of rulership on the basis of machines and hand grenades. In a democracy, there are rules of engagement worldwide no matter how flawed. What make the vital difference are the rules of periodic elections for change. The ability of a people to freely choose their own rulers is the root of all freedom,” Ajayi stated.

In a similar vein, Col. Olusegun Oloruntoba (retd.) told our correspondent that the Nigerian Army should not be in a hurry to arrest people.

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Oloruntoba said, “Before effecting any arrest, I urge the military high command to embark on a thorough and comprehensive investigation in order to avoid punishing innocent citizens. We should not forget the sad memory of the 1995 phantom coup. It is very painful to be punished for an offence one did not commit.

“We must, however, guard our hard-won democracy at all times. One fact my military colleagues should know is that they are better off under a democratic government. They should not allow anybody to deceive them.

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