British Government Warns As Military Coup Concern Grows Over Buhari’s Health

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May 18, 2017 – British Government Warns As Military Coup Concern Grows Over Buhari’s Health

The British government has warned against “non-democratic” change of government in Nigeria, amid speculations about military coup as concerns grow over President Muhammadu Buhari’s health.

“The British government believes that democracy is actually critical in Nigeria,” the United Kingdom High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, said on Wednesday. “There are elections. If you’re not happy with your leaders then you should change your leadership through the democratic process and through elections.”

The High Commissioner spoke on the sidelines of an event held in Abuja to formally launch a new report on corruption in Nigeria which was put together by UK policy think-tank, Chatham House.

His comments came a day after the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, warned of undue interactions between Army officers and politicians, as concerns mount over Mr. Buhari’s health.

The president traveled to London last week for medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment, just over a month after returning to Nigeria from an extended medical leave abroad.

“Any officer or soldier of Nigerian Army found to be hobnobbing with such elements or engaged in unprofessional conducts such as politicking would have himself or herself to blame,” the Army said in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Sani Usman, a brigadier general.

Although the statement cited “political reasons” as grounds for the purported discussions between some military officers and politicians, it was silent on the specific discussions that took place or the individuals involved.

But earlier in the week, military sources had informed Premium Times that the Army leadership was unsettled by growing speculation of possible coup de’tat by officers within its rank and file.

Premium Times further learnt that Mr. Buratai, a lieutenant general, had raised the issue with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and promised to nip it in the bud.

The alleged plot might also have informed Mr. Buratai’s decision to shake up Army formations with random transfer of senior officers last week.

The UK envoy, Mr. Arkwright, while recognising the rights of citizens to agitate for a more tolerable living condition, said the United Kingdom would only encourage a change of power through the ballot box.

“Our position is very clear: we stand for democracy, we stand for the democratic process and we stand for change —if that is what the people themselves want,” the diplomat said. “That has to be a choice the people make and not a choice that is imposed upon them.”

-Premium Times

12 thoughts on “British Government Warns As Military Coup Concern Grows Over Buhari’s Health

  1. Nigerians stand with democracy,and shall not allow any form of interference.Nigerians cannot allow themselves to be taken back to the era of tyranny.

  2. Let the Military take over, we do not want this your selection you people are calling election…
    British leave Nigeria alone, you people created these problems and enjoying the outcome, oil and water will never mix together.

  3. LORD LUGARD AND THEIR ANCESTORS..PART OF THE CONFUSION..THEY NOW SEE THAT THE FORCED MARRIAGE AINT WORKING NO LONGER

  4. I hate this british with passion, this is very nation that brought all this problem and impose it to us , when the culture , ethnicity and religious believe is,nt same …

  5. IF MILITARY TAKE OVER POWER IT WILL BE BETTER THAN THE UN-CAPABLE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT THAT HAVE BEEN RULING THE PRECIOUS COUNTRY FOR THE PASS 1999 TILL DATE THAT THERE IS NOT CHANGE

  6. The military should stay clear of this. Their job is to protect the nation and they already doing that by standing up against Boko Haram. Any attempt for these people to truncate democratic process in Nigeria will result to unending catastrophe. Syria will be a child’s play.

    You have no clue on how to run the states quo. Be seated and let Nigerians experience a peaceful democratic transition. Oshibajo is already doing what Buhari should have done. Why hurry it up?.

  7. we have a President on ground,though sick, we also have a vice president who is also acting.do they want to install a President that will be on a reserve bench ? for what reason ?

  8. Brigadier Gen.Sani Usman is my main suspect in the Army because he is a brilliant soldier. (I think he is a modern day Babangida)

  9. self aggrandisement is the Hallmark of Nigerian Leaders.Until philosopher’s becomes leaders there would be no sanity in leadership. I never prayed to be a Nigerian but since I found myself to be one I would make it a place worth living.

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