The president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has debunked any chance of a military coup in the country, boasting of the loyalty and competence of the Nigerian military.
Buhari made this statement after the recurrent occurrence of coup in west Africa at a dinner gathering in honor of the 2022 Committee of Business, Political, Media and Civil Society Leaders at the State House, Abuja.
The chairman of the group, Nduka Obaigbena, stated that Nigeria must by all means prevent the worrying trend of governments instability and coup de etat in west Africa and ensure the defense of the countries primary interest.
Obaigbena words; ”The 2022 Committee was put together to defend Nigeria in a time of crisis and in a time of transition, we must defend the national interest,’’.
Buhari said; “One of the important points that the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government make is that coups and coups d’etat generally are completely unacceptable.
“I make bold to say a coup cannot happen again in Nigeria. We cannot continue to have a situation where they are tolerated for the simple reason that in Africa, West Africa in particular, we have gone way beyond military coups as an answer to the question of change in political actors.
“There is a very strong feeling amongst the heads of states that we must insist, other international bodies, the UN, EU, and other regional groups must support the imposition of sanctions on individuals and groups that choose not to follow the democratic process of change of government, but go by way of coup d‘etat.
“Our democracy is now at a stage where coups cannot be tolerated and our military are too sophisticated to go that route,” .