Military Describes Report of Coup d'etat as Malicious, Refutes Alleged Meeting of Presidential Candidate and Officers

The Nigerian military on Saturday has refuted a news report alleging that some military officers met with a Presidential candidate with the aim of disrupting the general elections and setting the country on fire. 

Acting Director Defence Information, Brigadier General Tukur Gusau in a press statement made available to SpyeTV News said the wicked and very malicious propaganda indicated that a so-called Thursday meeting is plotting a Coup d'etat to establish unconstitutional order. 

General Gusau said the Armed Forces of Nigeria notes with dismay the story being peddled around by some unscrupulous elements and it is disheartened that even politically exposed persons can denigrate themselves into joining agents of destabilisation 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 democracy2, he added.

He stated that the Armed Forces of Nigeria hereby warn that those who engage in fabricating and spreading unfounded misinformation will be invited by the appropriate law enforcement agencies to substantiate their claims.

The general public is advised to disregard such information and go about their normal activities.

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