The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun has warned those plotting to overthrow President Muhammadu Buhari that it would be a failed venture.
Lasun made the remarks on Monday, May 22, at a one-day public hearing on proposed further amendments to the Electoral Act 2010.
He maintained that democracy at its worst was still the best form of government.
“It might be trivial or right but what we have had in the last two weeks, not because of the position we occupy but because of the level we are in Nigeria today.
“Having practised democracy for 18 years unbroken I wouldn’t know why some military people want to think that it is time again to come back to the governance of Nigeria.
“It is going to be a little bit difficult; democracy at its worst is still best form of government,” Lasun said.
It would be recalled that the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, recently warned soldiers to stay off politics.
“This is to inform the public that the chief of army staff (COAS), Nigerian Army, Lieutenant General TY Buratai, has received information that some individuals have been approaching some officers and soldiers for undisclosed political reasons.
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“On the basis of that, he has warned such persons to desist from these acts,” a statement by Sani Usman, army spokesman, had read.
In a similar vein, retired military men in Nigeria have added a voice to the warnings against the alleged talks concerning a coup plot in the country.
The former military men under the auspices of the Coalition of Concerned Veterans (CCV) said they would never support a coup in Nigeria.
They also warned those thinking in the direction to jettison the idea.
A statement signed by Comrade Awwal Abdullahi Aliyu, Regional Coordinator, Cmrd. Anthony Agbas, national chairman, and Comrade Abiodun Durowaiye-Herberts, national spokesman (all retired) said any plan to undermine the current government would be resisted.
Tukur Buratai had issued warning to soldiers against the plan to truncate Nigeria’s democracy “All retired members of the Nigerian Armed Forces at home and in diaspora warn of the consequences of engaging in any unprofessional act against the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by any (would be) or suspected serving members of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
The UK government has warned against the planning or execution of a coup in Nigeria by soldiers as a way of changing government insisting it will not support such undemocratic process.
Punch reports that the UK in its reaction warned against a military change of government insisting democratic processes should be the only method of selecting leaders.
The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright, spoke on Wednesday, May 18 saying leadership must be about choices.
He said: “The British Government believes that democracy is absolutely critical in Nigeria. There is a democratic process here; there are elections.
If you are not happy with your leaders, then you should change your leadership process through your leaders and through elections.
“That is exactly what happened in 2015 and
it is what the British Government will expect to happen in Nigeria .
So, our position is very clear; we stand for democracy, we stand for the democratic process and we stand for change, if that is what the people of Nigeria want.
“It has to be a choice that the people make and not a choice that is imposed upon them.”
Below is a video in which Honorable Rotimi Amaechi explains to Nigerians what the Buhari-led government has been up to for the past 2-years.
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