Military won’t take over power from Buhari- Defense Headquarters replies Clarke

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 The Nigeria Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has scoffed at the suggestion by elder statesman, Chief Robert Clarke SAN that President Muhammadu Buhari should delegate his executive powers to the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS)  who  should then declare a state of emergency in all the 36 states of the country for the purpose of curbing the spates of insecurity and restructuring the country.
He added that Buhari who would remain president should write the National Assembly of his intent to cede executive powers  to the CDS and that the military should be given the mandate to control the country for 4 years during which the country should be divided into 6 geopolitical zones where each zone will control the resources in that region. The federal government, according to his prescription,  will generate it’s own funds from taxes and royalties from oil and gas derived from deep sea as stipulated in the international law.
Chief  Clarke (SAN) spoke on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, saying “Many things are happening and I swear by my father’s grave if care is not taken Nigeria will collapse in six months time.”
The DHQ on Monday night in a statement signed by Brigadier General Onyema Anwachukwu,  Acting Director Defence Information however said the military would not be party to such arrangement.
The Defence spokesman said  “The attention of the military high command has been drawn to a statement purported to have been made by one Robert Clark SAN, suggesting that current political leadership should hand over power to the military for the purpose of restructuring. The Nigerian Military wish to dissociate itself from such anti-democratic utterance and position. Let it be stated categorically that the Armed Forces of Nigeria remain fully committed to the present Administration and all associated democratic institutions. We shall continue to remain apolitical, subordinate to the Civil Authority, firmly loyal to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Mohammadu Buhari and the 1999 Constitution as Amended. We shall continue to discharge our constitutional responsibilities professionally, especially in protecting the country’s democracy, defence of the territorial integrity of the country as well as protection of lives and properties of citizens.

“The Military High Command wishes to use this opportunity to warn misguided politicians who nurse the inordinate ambition to rule this country outside the ballot box to banish such thoughts as the military under the current leadership remain resolute in the Defence of Nigeria’s Democracy and its growth. We also wish to remind all military personnel that it is treasonable to even contemplate this illegality. The full wrath of the law will be brought to bear on any personnel found to collude with people having such agenda.

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“The current security challenges are not insurmountable. The Armed Forces of Nigeria in partnership with other other security Agencies are working assiduously to ameliorate the challenge. Nigeria will know peace again. PLEASE BE WARNED!”

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