Military coup is no longer possible in Nigeria – Orji Kalu

Former Abia State governor and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has explained why it would be difficult for military to take over power in Nigeria.

According to Kalu, some core personnel of the Nigerian military were educated and know the implications of taking over power by force.

Recall that the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai had alleged that some politicians were having meetings with military, a development that depicts coup d’ etat was imminent.

Kalu told newsmen in Abuja on Monday that the military were now submissive to the civilian government and had no reason to plan any coup.

“We have been in a democracy for almost 18 years, and I don’t see any military man engaging in taking power forcefully at the moment.

“The core personnel of military we have now are educated; they are people that attended the Nigeria Defence Academy. They are people that understand their role of being subordinated to the civilian government.

“So taking power by force is not right. They are fully aware that they mustn’t take over government illegally. You must take over the government constitutionally.

“I must commend the Chief of Army Staff for openly and courageously debunking the news. Others may conceal such within themselves and decide to constitute a committee of enquiry.

“So Nigerians should indeed also commend him because he did the right thing by revealing that some civilians were meddling with his soldiers, and that is what is expected of a good chief and anyone blaming him do not understand the military. In fact, Nigerians should be very happy with him.

“This means he wants the constitutional democracy of the country to flourish and continue. He is a good chief of army staff for taking action. Indeed, I don’t see any military man coming out to seize power by force.”


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