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#ENDSARS protest;ploy by sponsors to discredit FG, army, set Nigeria on fire but….Buratai

The Nigerian army said the #End SARS, protest was a ploy by the sponsors to discredit the Federal Government, incite the public against the Nigerian army and set the nation on fire.

This is just as the army said it lost over 10 AK-47 rifles during the #EndSARS protest across the country, an act the Chief Of Army Staff(COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, said was unacceptable.

The army chief while speaking on the #EndSARS protest, said “The plan was to embark on massive propaganda to discredit the military and the government so as to set the people against the Nigerian army once it is called out to aid the civil authorities”.

“The NA being aware of the devilish plan was careful not to be dragged in and issued the initial warning through a press release on 14 October 2020 of our resolve to secure and safeguard a United Nigeria”.

To this end, Buratai, said the NigerianArmy would no longer fold it’s arm to watch those it describes as “subversive elements, detractors and other enemies”, set the Nigerian nation on fire.

“We will not allow any force, elements or destabilising agents in or outside our country to set our beloved country on fire.

We remain resolute in doing everything possible to ensure that subversive elements, detractors and other enemies of this great nation do not achieve their aims and objectives of destabilisation”.

Buratai, said the Nigerian army remains more resolute and determined to protect the nations democracy which it says remains the best form of government world over.

He has therefore warned its Principal Staff Officers(PSOs), General Officers Commanding(GOCs), and Field Commanders in the various formations and units of the Nigerian army that there would be no room for disloyalty amongst officers and soldiers as long as they remain in service.

Buratai, gave the warning at a meeting he held with Principal Staff Officers(PSOs), General Officers Commanding(GOCs), and Field Commanders in the various formations and units of the Nigerian army in Abuja.

He equally urged the officers not to be deterred by threats by some Nigerians and enemies of the country to report the army to the International Criminal Court (ICC), stressing that the territorial integrity of the country would be gingerly guarded from external forces.

The army chief spoke through the acting director army public relations Colonel Sagir Musa, at a briefing shortly after the meeting with top army brass.

Sagir at the briefing said “The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai has just finished an important meeting with his Principal Staff Officers (PSOs), General Officers Commanding(GOCs) and Field Commanders this morning here at the Army Headquarters Conference Room.

“At the meeting, the COAS Lt Gen TY Buratai made it unambiguously clear to the PSOs, GOCs and Field Commanders that there will be no room for disloyalty amongst all officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army (NA).

He directed that they (PSOs, GOCs and Field Commanders) must reiterate to all their subordinates that the NA is determined to ensure democratic stability in Nigeria as the only panacea for development and progress.

General Buratai also said – “The best system of governance is democracy and we must all ensure that Nigeria’s democracy remains stable and steady.

We will not allow any force, elements or destabilising agents in or outside our country to set our beloved country on fire.

We remain resolute in doing everything possible to ensure that subversive elements, detractors and other enemies of this great nation do not achieve their aims and objectives of destabilisation.

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