Nigeria election: Buhari still military dictator – Amaechi blows hot

A First Republic Aviation Minister, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi has said that the present administration committed treasonable offence by deploying the military during the general election.

A First Republic Aviation Minister, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi has said that the present administration committed treasonable offence by deploying the military during the general election.

Amaechi maintained that the military should have no part to play in elections and internal security in the country.

Amaechi, a foremost nationalist, also noted that President Muhammadu Buhari would not have stepped down had he lost the election to Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party.

He told Vanguard that the military would have backed Buhari to sit tight in power.

The elder statesman said, “The present dictatorship in the country wants to have the control of the government of those [oil producing]states after taking over the management of the oil and gas in those states.

“From what I saw, there was no election in some places; and two, before the election, any sensible man should have known what will be the result.

“Any sensible man would have known that when the intimidation, the muscling, the reorganisation and the threat to the judiciary took place, should have known where the country was going.

“You should have known that it was all in preparation for the election. So, even if Alhaji Atiku Abubakar had been declared winner, are you sure the incumbent would have agreed to step down?

“Did you not hear what the Chief of Army Staff said? That they have every duty to obey the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and President of Nigeria?

“The military is set up to defend Nigeria against foreign or external aggression, not to defend Nigeria against internal insurrection. Internal security is supposed to be taken care of by the Nigeria Police.

“The military, that is the Army, the Navy and the Air Force are established to defend the country against external threats to the sovereignty and security of Nigeria.

“Anybody who is using the military for any purpose other than to check external threats is committing illegality, and illegality at that level is treasonable.

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