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Nigeria: Army Pledges Support For Buhari Amidst Impeachment Calls Over Insecurity, Incompetence

The Nigerian army on Monday promised to stand by President Buhari who has come under intense criticism for his apparent failure to curb the rising insecurity issues in the country. The army warned that elements considering a coup would be decisively dealt with according to the law.

The world’s most populous Black nation is experiencing its worst security crisis under President Buhari since the Civil War. In the north, jihadist groups Boko Haram, ISWAP have run amok, taking lives with reckless abandon, displacing millions while leaving atrial of blood and tears.

In the south and the middle belt, killer Fulani nomadic herdsmen and bandits are fighting indigenous dwellers, who are mostly farmers, in a bid to grab their land.  The conflict has led to sharp increase in food prices.

A group of terror dealers identified as Unknown Gunmen (UGM) have lately been on rampage, especially in the southeast and middle belt, targeting security personnel and their properties.

Kidnappings in the country have been on the rise. Last week, students of Greenfield University in Kaduna were allegedly abducted by Boko Haram. Five have reportedly been killed while the government ponders over paying the demanded ransom of N100 million.

Despite the inability of the president to fix the menace, the Nigerian armed forces have said they would continue to support the government regardless of the poor security situation.

“We categorically declare that the Armed Forces of Nigeria remain totally committed to the current administration as well as all the democratic institutions associated with it,” army spokesman Onyema Nwachukwu was quoted as saying in a statement.

“We will continue to remain apolitical, subordinate to the civilian authority, firmly loyal to the president, commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and the 1999 Constitution as amended,” the military spokesman added.

Last week, parliament asked the head of state to declare a state of emergency.

Many concerned Nigerians, including Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, have called on President Buhari to contain the violence.

“Our nation is at war. Those who have proven themselves weak and incapable must learn to swallow their pride and seek help,” Soyinka urged.

A top catholic priest and former ally of President Buhari, Fr. Ejike Mbaka, asked the president to resign or face impeachment. He was immediately attacked by the presidency.

Buhari, a former coup general in the 1980s, was elected in 2015 on a promise to crush corruption and the jihadist rebellion in the northeast, which has killed over 36,000 people and displaced at least two million.

He has arguably failed in both, as reports show Nigeria’s corruption has increased since 2015 and insecurity has spread from the northeast to other parts of the country.

NEWS/PHOTO SOURCE: AFP | News Agencies

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