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Amaechi, Others Warn Against Military Coup

 Okey Maduforo, Awka

First Republic Minister for Aviation Chief Mbazuruike Amaechi and Human Right Lawyer Bar CJ Okoli Akirika have warned against the possibility of a military coup following the recent security challenges in Abuja Nigeria’s Capital.

At the moment all public institutions, as well as the National Assembly have shut down activities as a result of the activities of the bandits in the area.

According to Amaechi who spoke to reporters in Ukpor Nnewi South local government area of Anambra state, a military coup is no longer fashionable in the world, adding that soldiers should stay away from politics and meddling with the governance of the country.

“Coup is never fashionable at any time and a military coup is an infringement against the country. It is a very serious offense and it is a treasonable offense

There has never been a situation whereby a coup can be justified. Our gallant officers should be apolitical because previously, soldiers venturing into politics have ruined this country enough.

Soldiers should stay away from politics and any soldier who wants to play politics let him retire from the military and join politics;

Amaechi further contended that President Muhammadu Buhari's travel abroad should not be seen as a sign of abdicating his duties as President adding that he has the Armed forces who he has given directives to ensure the security of lives and property.

Bar Okoli Akirika however urged the Federal government to take action in order not to be found culpable of the rumors that the security challenges in Abuja are being sponsored by it to create room for a military coup in the country.

*Military Coup is one unconstitutional and two or is undemocratic and three it is not fashionable but having said this it does not derogate from the evolving scenario where Nigerians are now beginning to believe that what is happening is being masterminded.

“So there is no way one can justify a situation where the bandits have summoned the courage to take the battle to Nigeria’s seat of power. “There is no justification for that when the federal government is closing Law school all schools and even the National Assembly based on insecurity.

“It means that there is something fundamentally wrong with the management and of the security business of this country

“If the federal government cannot come out openly to tell what is the position of Nigeria then Nigerians can also believe the rumor that is gaining ground that all these things being put in place is to try and checkmate and truncate our nascent democratic experience.

“Otherwise there is no reason the issue of insecurity is now being extended to Abuja to the extent of affecting our National life.

“If the federal government does not take decisive action to contain and curtail what is happening they cannot be exonerated from the insinuations making the rounds. It could be a political ploy to create a situation to justify a military intervention which at the end of the day will not be accepted by Nigerians under whatever guise or reason, so the democracy of our country must be allowed to take its course; he said. 

Meanwhile, Nigerians abroad have warned that any member of the National Assembly found at any International airport in Europe and America seeking refuge from the gunmen would be chased back to Nigeria.

According to Comrade Edina Ukaoha who spoke through a zoom interview;

Why are they running away from Nigeria when they were elected to protect us?

They should remain there and face the situation squarely and if we find anyone at any of the airports we shall send them back to Nigeria.

They were elected to work and serve us and they cannot close down the National Assembly and run away from their responsibilities which are fighting for the security of life and property of Nigerians; she said.

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