6 facts you need to know about the coup rumour



Although there have been no concrete statements, the word 'coup' has
been floating in the Nigerian media over the past weeks since President
Muhammadu Buhari traveled outside the country due to medical issues
again.
Where though are the rumors emanating from? What has been done about
it? Below are some facts every Nigerian needs to know:
1. Army restructuring
On May 10, 2017, there was a massive restructuring of major commanding
posts and units around the country in the Nigerian army
According to a statement released by the director of army public relations,
Sani Usman, a brigadier general, the new posting was “ in a bid to re-
strategise the Nigerian Army”.
Many felt this was done to quell rumors of the coup being heard around the
country.
2. Buratai's warning
On Tuesday, May 16, the Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai in a statement
issued through the army spokesperson, Sani Usman, a brigadier general
said:
“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”.
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3. UK government reacts
The United Kingdom High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright at an
event in Abuja on Wednesday, May 17, reacted to the coup rumors, saying:
“The British government believes that democracy is actually critical in
Nigeria.
“There are elections. If you’re not happy with your leaders then you
should change your leadership through the democratic process and
through elections.”
4. Air Force professes loyalty
The Chief of Air Staff, Sadiq Abubakar, affirmed the loyalty of the Air
Force to the Nigerian constitution on May 19, 2017.
Speaking during the commissioning of two blocks of flats at Bill Clinton
Drive, Nigerian Air Force Base, Abuja he made the stance of the Air Force
clear
Mr Abubakar stressed that the Nigerian Air Force is dedicated to the
welfare of its officers and the protection of the country’s territorial
boundaries. He called on officials to remain dedicated to their duties.
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5. Army steps up security
In a meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on May 21, Buratai, said
that all threats had been neutralised and democracy would not be truncated.
It was reported that a covert intelligence operation aimed at forestalling
Nigeria’s descent into dictatorship had been set in motion across the
country.
“Covert intrusion involves sending secret operatives into military
gathering, units, formations and other establishments to get information
and early warning of any threat to national security,” sources said
according to Premium Times.
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6. Chekwas Okorie calls for full disclosure
Meanwhile, former presidential candidate of the UPP, Chekwas Okorie, has
said the chief of army staff Buratai must make a public warning against any
coup in the country.
"I am disturbed by the Chief of Army Staff ’s warning because I listened
to Voice of America (VOA) and its report was more elaborate than what
was reported by the local media," he warned.

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