Coup rumours made Buratai redeploy top army officers

by Omoleye Omoruyi

Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, had on Tuesday warned army officers in line with the information that some officers were having secret meetings with politicians.

Buratai, had vowed to ​stop any coup ​plot ​against President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

​Just hours after President Buhari travelled to London for medical treatment, Buratai, ​requested to see the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo ​urgently.

​At the ​meeting in the presidential villa, Abuja, Buratai was said to have presented Osinbajo with intelligence that some prominent politicians were parleying with Army officers and soldiers in a bid to compromise them.

Buratai responded by pledging his loyalty to the Buhari administration and hinted that he would carry out “immediate changes”, to counter any coup plan.

Meanwhile, there are concerns over the safety of Acting President Osinbajo and it is believed that ​he would have reached out to his principal over ​the alarming security reports.

Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, ​said he was not aware of Buratai’s statement.

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“A statement by the Army Chief? I’m just hearing this. Unfortunately, I’m not in the country at the moment, so I cannot comment”.

​He said:​ “It is not by accident that every single security agency in Nigeria today is headed by a northern Muslim except for the Navy.

“And now for the first time since 1999, a northern Muslim has been appointed GOC of the all powerful and critical 1st Division which covers the north west.

“Another has just been appointed to head the Lagos Garrison and Ikeja cantonment.

“Finally, all of Osinbajo’s security team have been changed except for his ADC. Most of the Yorubas have been withdrawn and he is now being guarded by only northerners.

“He would have lost his ADC too but he objected strongly to that one and they left him. The man needs our support and prayers.

“Every Yoruba man and southerner, regardless of party affiliation, owes him and the south that much.

“There is one more thing that I know which will shock Nigerians but I will not say it now.

“It is unbelievable and shocking and when you hear it you will all appreciate the sheer humiliation that Osinbajo has been put through since PMB’s return from UK and before he went back.”

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