There are plans to disrupt May 29 handover by foreign interest, Army raises alarm

The Nigerian Army has raised the alarm over an alleged plot by some groups and foreign interests to disrupt the May 29 inauguration.

In a statement issued on Saturday by the Army Spokesman, Sagir Musa, it was disclosed that some yet to be identified individuals are forming forces with foreigners to destroy the country’s democratic process.

He said these individuals are “determined to cause mischief and exacerbate the security situation” in Nigeria in particular and West African sub-region.

Musa also said they are making concerted efforts to further induce Boko Haram insurgents and bandits with funds and other logistic supports.

The statement read: “Their body language and unguarded utterances seem to be in tandem with above and imply tacit support for the criminals. For example, a 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 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.”

He said the army remains loyal to Nigeria’s constitution and “we are 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.

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

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