A pro-democracy and non-governmental organisation, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has asked the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) to publish the names of those senior military officers who were quasi-political and honourably eased out from service.
Recall that defence headquarters had in a statement said military harbours no such person with political ambitions and that all politically minded officers have been purged
Speaking On Africa Independence Television (AIT) news hour broadcast, Monitored by urban express-news correspondent; its National Coordinator Emmanuel Onwubiko said the caution by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, was too political office holders to abide by the constitutional provisions in the discharge of their duties to Nigerians.
He said the military was being economical with the truth to claim that it does not have politically-sensitive officers in its ranks because ideally, every human being has political inclination inherent in him or her...
“Before, all the coup plots that happened in the past were instigated not necessarily by politically-ambitious politicians, but because if crass misgovernance, abuse of office and total disregard for the principle of rule of law by the politicians and corruption of those civilians in government.
“These anti-democratic tendencies, like attacks against political opponents and the loss of credibility and legitimacy in the estimation of the majority of the citizenry that usually motivates some elements in the military to revolt against constituted authority through the execution of coup plots.
“All the negative indices of civilian dictatorship, nepotism, crass opportunism, theft of public funds and cronyism are fully operational in the various departments of government all across Nigeria, and these are the same negative tendencies that made military incursions into politics very attractive and because majority of the citizenry is fed up with the rot and systemic dysfunctionality that have overtaken the national life of Nigeria, the people may be prepared to welcome military intervention in Nigeria.”
It would be recalled that last year, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai raised the alarm that some soldiers were beginning to manifest political interests and warned all soldiers to respect their professional codes of conduct.
“If the spokesman of the Defence Headquarters has now made the claim that those politically-conscious officers have been purged, then he has to proceed to name them in the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act.
“Was he referring to some of the southern officers mostly and a few northern minority officers who were sacked because they were alleged to have refused to aid the election rigging in 2015 in favour of the then opposition APC or what?
“Was he referring to the 38 officers retired and who are in the National Industrial Court (NIC) seeking legal redress?