Nigeria has warned that mutiny or rebellion are serious offences and would attract drastic consequences if dictated.
The warning was handed out to officers and men of the country’s armed forces by its Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Monday. It warned against involvement in any act of disloyalty, mutiny and unconstitutional acts.
The DHQ also condemned a call by the National Chairman of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Chidi Chukwuani, for the “Rawlings treatment,” to be replicated in Nigeria in view of the endemic corruption in the country.
The DHQ, in a statement, said it was not taking the call for granted as it was targeted at the military, describing it as “inciting and instigative.”
It said the NDP chairman was calling for “a combination of unpopular acts of insurrection and mutiny, which cannot be taken for granted by the Armed Forces of Nigeria.”
The statement was signed by the Coordinator of Defence Media Operations (DDMO), Maj. Gen. John Enenche and reminded military personnel of the consequences of such an action.
He said- “While the Defence Headquarters does not wish to take issues in any way, it is instructive to observe that this unguided utterance targeted at the Nigerian military is inciting and instigative.
“What Chidi Chukwuani is calling for is a combination of unpopular acts of insurrection and mutiny, which cannot be taken for granted by the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
“Consequently, I am directed by the High Command of the Nigerian military to let the general public know and remind personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria that all officers and men of the Nigerian military swore to an oath of allegiance to be totally loyal to the civil authority of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and protect the constitution. This translates to unalloyed loyalty to the President and Commander-in-Chief and full subordination to the civil authorities of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”