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Nigerian Army Raises Alarm, Says May 29 Inauguration Under Threat

By Nimi Princewill

The Nigerian army, through a statement signed by its spokesman, Sagir Musa, has alleged that some unnamed individuals hobnobbing with foreigners are planning to scuttle the May 29 inauguration.

Musa, who raised the alarm, said the Army has uncovered “plot by some individuals to disrupt the May 29 inauguration.”

The unnamed potential trouble makers, according to the statement, are “determined to cause mischief and exacerbate the security situation” in Nigeria and West African sub-region.

According to Musa, the intelligence available to the army revealed that those involved in the plot are making desperate efforts to further induce Boko Haram insurgents and bandits with funds and other logistic supports.

The statement read in part: “Their body language and unguarded utterances seem to be in tandem with above and imply tacit support for the criminals. For example, credible source has shown that some individuals are hobnobbing with Boko Haram terrorists, while others are deliberately churning falsehood against the security agencies with a view to set the military against the people and the government.

“They are also demoralising troops and security agencies through false accusations and fake news. Therefore, it has become necessary to inform the public and warn such persons and groups to desist as the consequences of their actions would be calamitous to themselves and our great country.

“Some of these mischievous elements thought that we would not have a safe and successful general elections but were proved wrong, hence they want to derail the scheduled handing over later this month and to scuttle the democratic process in the country.

“Nigeria is a sovereign country with clearly established judicial system, therefore all aggrieved persons and groups should take advantage of that and resolve differences amicably.”

Musa however restates the loyalty of the army to Nigeria’s constitution, reiterating that the military is “determined more than ever before, to continue to uphold the constitution and defend the territorial integrity of this nation from both external and internal aggression.”