The military high command has denied receiving a request to topple the democratic system of government in the country, saying the military is loyal to President Bola Tinubu.
The Defence Headquarters had on Friday frowned on comments requesting the Armed Forces to interfere in the democratic process of the country following allegations of poor welfare among troops across the services.
However, on Sunday, the DHQ, in a statement by the Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Tukur Gusau, said the military never received the request to take over the government in the country.
It read, “The Defence Headquarters is concerned about false and disturbing social media reports twisted to state that the Armed Forces of Nigeria received a request to effect a change of leadership in the country.
“We want to use this opportunity to reiterate that the AFN never received nor made such a declaration at any time to anyone or any group. We believe this statement came from those who do not wish the nation well. It is surely the wicked imagination of a few who are not happy with the progress and well-being of our dear country.
“The AFN is very comfortable with democracy and remains loyal to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. The military is always willing and ready to defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The military high command said security operatives had launched a manhunt for those behind the report.
“We urge those peddling such falsehood to desist from such or face the law. The military, and indeed other security agencies, are on the lookout for these agents of doom. We must all join hands to strengthen our democracy,” the statement added.