Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff rules out military takeover in the country

Report gathered that Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, has ruled out the possibility of a military takeover as Nigeria transits from the current administration to another, saying the era of military rule in the country is gone Mr. Badeh said Thursday that the Nigerian military will continue to respect democratic institutions in the country.
He spoke while receiving members of the National Peace Committee for the 2015 general elections.
“The era of military rule is gone forever in this country. In fact if there was military rule I am not sure if I could have been here,” Mr. Badeh, an air chief marshal, said. “We are the armed forces of Nigeria and not that of any political party and will be subordinate to the constituted authorities.”
He said the military leadership is a product of democratic governance and would not embark on activities that could jeopardize Nigeria’s electoral process.
“I remember when we asked for more time to embark on what we are doing but there was a lot of misgiving. But we are happy that we are able to ensure that some exercise their choice of who to govern them. Even though we did not achieve 100 per cent, but we are able to secure the major ones,” he said.
The defence chief also assured Nigerians that the military will remain non-partisan in carrying out its responsibilities during the governorship and state assembly elections on Saturday.
A former military head of state and leader of the peace committee, Abdulsalami Abubakar, commended the military for providing adequate security in ensuring free, fair and violence-free elections.
Mr. Abubakar also commended the armed forces for liberating most communities in the North East from Boko Haram insurgents.


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