Coup rumours: Army Chief warns Nigerian soldiers to stay away from politics

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[Abuja]–Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, has warned the Nigerian army officials to stay away from politics and politically related activities.

He made this warning a statement issued by the Army spokesperson, Brig. General Sani Usman.

“This is to inform the public that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Nigerian Army, has received information that some individuals have been approaching some officers and soldiers for undisclosed political reasons. On the basis of that, he has warned such persons to desist from these acts”.

Meanwhile, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt from top military sources that the warning might be connected  to rumours of a coup being planned by junior officers and  that may have informed Mr. Buratai’s decision to reshuffle the postings of top military generals last week.

While, Mr. Usman on Tuesday reiterated that the Nigerian Army will remain apolitical and respect the Nigerian constitution at all times.

He added that, “any officer or soldier of Nigerian Army found to be hobnobbing with such elements or engaged in unprofessional conducts such as politicking would have himself or herself to blame.”

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