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Published On: Thu, Jun 19th, 2014

We’re not planning a coup – Defence chief

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alex-badehBy Lawrence Olaoye

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, yesterday dispelled the rumours of a possible coup d’état in the country.

“Why should anyone be thinking in negative fashion? Tell them we will not do it. Those rumouring coups must be living elsewhere and not in Nigeria. The Armed Forces are defenders of democracy. We are an arm of democracy, so how can an arm of democracy work against the democracy that we are part of?”, Badeh asked rhetorically while receiving the Director General of the National Orientation agency (NOA), Mike Omeri, in his office.

Omeri was on the visit for the formal presentation of the Nigerian Centenary Flag to the Nigerian military.

Further expressing surprise at the rumours of a possible coup d’état, the Defence chief said that democracy has come to stay in the country and stressed that the military has no intention of truncating it.

According to Badeh, the military is an integral part of democracy, and therefore pledged the commitment of the Armed Forces to the nation’s democracy.

He said the military as a professional group has no option but

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