Coups: We Will Continue To Defend Democracy And The Constitution – COAS

The Nigerian Army has reaffirmed its dedication to safeguarding and upholding democracy in Nigeria, emphasizing that it will always prioritize the defense of the constitution without any intention of suspending it for any reason. Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), expressed this commitment during a seminar on career planning and management organized by the Army headquarters in Abuja. Gen. Lagbaja emphasized that the Army has no plans to interfere with or disrupt democracy in Nigeria.

Speaking to participants at the training, Gen. Lagbaja urged officers of the Nigerian Army to maintain the highest standards of professionalism in carrying out their duties. He emphasized the importance of integrity, professionalism, and adherence to the rule of law in their service to the nation. This statement underscores the Army’s stance on ensuring that its personnel act in accordance with the principles of democracy and the constitution.

The COAS’s statement comes at a crucial time when there are concerns about the military’s role in democratic governance in Nigeria. By reaffirming the Army’s commitment to democracy, Gen. Lagbaja aims to reassure the public and stakeholders that the military is focused on its constitutional mandate of protecting the nation’s democracy and territorial integrity.

Gen. Lagbaja’s remarks also highlight the Army’s role in promoting professional development among its personnel. The seminar on career planning and management demonstrates the Army’s commitment to enhancing the skills and knowledge of its officers, ensuring they are equipped to effectively fulfill their duties in line with democratic principles.

Gen. Lagbaja’s statement reaffirms the Nigerian Army’s commitment to democracy, rule of law, and professionalism. It sends a strong message that the Army is dedicated to its constitutional role and will continue to uphold democratic values in Nigeria.

His words: “Permit me to seize this opportunity to reiterate that the Armed Forces of Nigeria, particularly the Nigerian Army has come to terms with the country’s choice of democracy as the preferred system of governance.”

“We are, therefore, agents of democracy and have no desire to truncate it. The Nigerian Army will continue to defend our constitution and not suspend it for whatever reason. It is the duty of our elected leaders to lead while the military does its job as enshrined in our constitution.”

“Nigerian Army personnel must therefore remain professional and be above board as they discharge their constitutional duties.”