The Nigerian army has announced that it will defend the nation and its democracy at all costs.
This was disclosed in a statement released on Wednesday by Sagir Musa, who is the acting army director of army public relations. The statement warned “subversive elements and trouble makers” to desist from any action that will affect the country.
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Over the past week, Nigerians have been protesting against police brutality across the country.
It will be recalled that on Tuesday, a viral video surfaced online, showing some soldiers assaulting a cameraman working for ARISE TV and seizing his equipment.
The said cameraman had gone to cover the scene of protesters at the national assembly when he was attacked by the soldiers, one of whom reportedly hit him with the butt of a rifle, leaving him with an injury to his head.
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In the statement coming a day after the incidents, Musa said the army is “highly” committed to the sustenance of peace and security.
“The Nigerian Army (NA) wishes to reassure law abiding citizens that it is highly committed to the sustenance of peace, security and defence of democracy in Nigeria,” he said.
“As a responsible and law abiding organisation, the NA reaffirms its unalloyed loyalty and commitment to the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari and the constitution of the country.
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“The NA hereby warns all subversive elements and trouble makers to desist from such acts as it remains highly committed to defend the country and her democracy at all cost.
“The NA is ready to fully support the civil authority in whatever capacity to maintain law and order and deal with any situation decisively. All officers and men are directed never to be distracted by anti democratic forces and agents of disunity.”