As Nigeria transits from one civilian government to another, the Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, has ruled out the possibility of a military takeover.
Badeh said the era of military takeover in Nigeria is now a thing of the past, and reiterated the military’s commitment to continue to respect democratic institutions in Nigeria.
The defence chief who was speaking while receiving members of the National Peace Committee for the 2015 general elections, said:
“The era of military rule is gone forever in this country. In fact if there was military rule I am not sure if I could have been here,” Mr. Badeh, an air chief marshal, said. “We are the armed forces of Nigeria and not that of any political party and will be subordinate to the constituted authorities.”
Continuing, Badeh said the military leadership is a product of democratic governance and would do nothing to jeopardize Nigeria’s electoral process.
“I remember when we asked for more time to embark on what we are doing but there was a lot of misgiving. But we are happy that we are able to ensure that some exercise their choice of who to govern them. Even though we did not achieve 100 per cent, but we are able to secure the major ones,” he said.
Source: Premium Times