Calls for military takeover absurd, coup-mongers should desist – Matawalle

Friday Ajagunna
Friday Ajagunna
Bello Matawalle

Bello Matawalle, minister of state for defence, says those calling for a military takeover in the country should desist from such “absurd behaviour”.

NAN reports that the minister spoke on Thursday through a statement issued by Henshaw Ogubike, director of information, press, and public relations at the ministry of defence.

Matawalle described those calling for the undemocratic change of government as agents of darkness and warned that anyone caught will be dealt with.

“The call for violent change of government by the military is absurd, preposterous and naive as the military has come to reality with democratic government in Nigeria and are focused on their constitutional duty of defending the Constitution,” the statement reads.

“The propagators calling for the truncation of the constitutional government should desist from it and face the democratic reality on ground.

“Just because criminal elements attacked a warehouse and a haulage vehicle carrying food items to other parts of the country is not enough reason for unpatriotic individuals to resort to call for military intervention which has no place in modern realities.

“The military is highly professionalised with a good civil-military relationship, and they are exhibiting the highest standard of professionalism with the defence of our constitution as top priority.”

Matawalle urged Nigerians to support and keep faith in the efforts of President Bola Tinubu to make the nation great.

The minister said the armed forces of Nigeria are committed to defending the constitution and upholding democracy, as well as ensuring the safety and security of the nation.

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