• As military dissociates self from call to overthrow govt
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday evening, hosted the leadership of the National Assembly to dinner to break the day’s Ramadan fast.
Present at the dinner were Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Senator Ahmed Lawan, Femi Gbajabiamila among others.
Speaking at the Iftar dinner (breaking of fast), President Buhari said he hoped for a better working relationship between the two arms of government in the 9th National Assembly, and added that the nation deserved better than it got.
“Relations between the Executive and the Legislature were not the best in the 8th National Assembly. I sincerely hope each one of us will do his utmost to ensure there is a better working relationship between these two arms of government in the 9th Assembly so that we can serve the people better,” he said.
Buhari said the principal task of the National Assembly “is to cooperate with the Executive so that together we can fashion policies that will lift our people out of poverty and out of illiteracy. I appeal to the Distinguished Senators and Honourable Members to subordinate all personal interests and ambitions to the imperative of working for the common good of our people.”
Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters has dissociated the Armed Forces of Nigeria from the circulation of document, calling for the overthrow of the democratically elected government led by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement issued yesterday by Navy Capt. Muhammed Wabi, Deputy Director of Defence Information, the DHQ accused a group, “Nigerian Continuity and Progress’’ as being behind the document.
Wabi alleged that the document called for the setting up of an “interim government’’ in place of the elected government.
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria wishes to dissociate itself from the rascality and intentions as espoused in a document being circulated by a faceless group named Nigerian Continuity and Progress calling for support of a revolution to oust the current democratically elected government and in its place establish an illegitimate interim government.
“The AFN out rightly condemns the undemocratic and demonic actions of the author of the document.
“Accordingly, members of the public are enjoined to discountenance the content of the documents being circulated by NCP and equally condemned in totality, the call to derail our hard-earned democracy,’’ the statement said.
It said that the armed forces was “very mindful of its constitutional responsibilities” and would not be misled into any act that would undermine democracy as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution as amended.
“The AFN remains unflinchingly loyal to the Constitution, as well as President Muhammadu Buhari and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the statement added.
The statement said all relevant law enforcement agencies had been advised to unravel those behind the seditious document for appropriate actions.