28 July 2020 by IFEANYI OSITA
The Military High Command has condemned a newspaper publication credited to the National Chairman, National Democratic Party, NDP, Chidi Chukwanyi, which it described as inciting and targeted at the military.
This is contained in a statement by the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters Major General John Enenche in Abuja.
The statement notes that in the publication, captioned “Nigeria Needs a Rawlings Now-NDP” Mr Chukwanyi says “the state of corruption in the country calls for the replication of the Ghanian experience under former President Jerry Rawlings in Nigeria”.
According to the statement, what Chidi is calling for is a combination of unpopular acts of insurrection and mutiny which the Armed Forces of Nigeria cannot take for granted.
The statement reminds all officers and men of the military that they swore to an oath of allegiance to be totally loyal to the civil authority of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and that translates to unalloyed loyalty to the President Commander in Chief and full subordination to civil authorities.
It states that all officers and men of the Armed Forces of Nigeria are to continue to abide by the constitutional provision, in Section 217 sub section 2 (C)of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, “To suppress insurrection and act in aid of civil authorities to restore order”.
It adds that all officers and men of the Nigerian Military are reminded of offences contained in Armed Forces Acts CAP A 20; The laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 which includes among others; Mutiny in Sections 52 and 53, which if committed are punishable.
The statement further states that the military is a force that operates with global best practices and cannot be misguided by any individual or group.
The Military High Command reaffirms its loyalty to the President Commander in-Chief and fully subordinated to the civil authorities of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.