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Military Lashes Out At Obasanjo Over Unsavoury Comments
By Samuel Malik, Abuja
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who renounced his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Monday and was subsequently expelled from the party, continues to receive knocks for his comments on the goings-on in the country, this time from his military constituency.
The Defence Headquarters, DHQ, has said that the former Head of State’s suggestion that the military is being used by politicians to truncate the nation’s democracy is an embarrassment to the military.
The DHQ used its Facebook page to lambast the former military general for dragging the military into politics.
“The comments credited to Chief Obasanjo alleging that the postponement of the general elections was to enable President Jonathan to use the Service Chiefs to plot a tenure extension is, to say the least, very surprising,’ it said.
“It is however noteworthy that most of his utterances lately indicate an attitude of playing to the gallery or indulging in politicization of serious national security or military affairs,” it observed further.
According to the military, although it desires to accord the old General some level of respect, it said it cannot allow Obasanjo to politicise institution of the military Institution.
“It has become necessary to point out that his conduct and unguarded utterances of late has (sic) fallen short of the standard of discipline expected of an individual who has had the privilege of service in the military and risen to the status of a General,” the Defence Headquarters stated.
It further reaffirmed its commitment to democracy, saying the military has no intention of going beyond its constitutional role and telling Obasanjo that the military is now better than he left.
“The Nigerian military is now better placed to strive for the maintenance of the legacies and ethos of service, valour, subordination to constituted authorities, and nonpartisan commitment to duty and fatherland.
“Indeed, the system now strongly believes in democracy as well as its structures and institutions to the extent that it will do nothing whatsoever to undermine or truncate the steady growth and development of the nation’s democracy.”
It also called on the former president to show ‘genuine’ concern to the development and peace of the country.