The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) under the leadership of Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State has commended the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh for his commitment that the military would defend democracy with all it takes.
The commendation by the governors loyal to the leadership of Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau state was against the comments by the former chairman of the Nigeria Population Commission, Festus Odimegwu about the possibility of a military coup in Nigeria.
In a statement released in Abuja and signed by the Sole Administrator of the Forum, Osaro Onaiwu, the governors further commended the Chief of Defence Staff for declaring that democracy has come to stay in the country and that the military had no intention of truncating it.
The governors under the leadership of Governor Jang berated those they described as professional political mischief makers who when they lose elections and government appointments make it a habit of undermining the nation’s democracy by spreading rumours of military insurrection.
The Forum reemphasised that there was no alternative to democracy as has become evident in modern governance worldwide as Nigerians now have a say in how their commonwealth was deployed for the collective benefit of all Nigerians.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, had dismissed as untenable, the rumours in some quarters of a possible coup d’état in the country.
He also affirmed the commitment of the Nigerian military to the defence of the nation’s democracy, saying the military was an integral arm of democracy.
Badeh further said the military, as a professional group, had no other option than to love Nigeria and do the things that would ensure security and protection of lives in the nation.
The CDS, who stated this when he received in audience, the Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mike Omeri, in his office for the formal presentation of the Nigerian Centenary Flag to the Nigerian military, expressed surprise at the rumours of a coup d’état, adding that democracy had come to stay in the country and stressed that the military had no intention of truncating it.
Badeh further said: “Why should anyone be thinking in negative fashion? Tell them we will not do it. Those rumouring coups must be living elsewhere and not in Nigeria. The armed forces are defenders of democracy. We are an arm of democracy, so how can an arm of democracy work against the democracy that we are part of?”