By Gom Mirian, Abuja
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant – General Tukur Buratai has distanced self from publication circulating in some media platforms about a purported Federal Government’s plan to enforce military shutdown.
General Buratai said this in a statement issued by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa to journalists in Abuja.
According to Col. Sagir, the publication was false, misleading and should be disregard.
” Disassociate self from false, speculative and vexatious publication designed by certain mischievous elements to create chaos, panic and disaffection in the society that could only serve the ulterior motive of its promoters.
“The misinterpretation that government is locking down the entire country and pulling out the Army by Friday, March 27, is utterly false and baseless.
“The Nigerian Army considers the publication and negative interpretation being given the content of the classified document containing information meant for the army personnel as a violation of the Official Secret Act,” said Sagir, who added that the document being quoted was a proactive directive for Army to prepare for possible escalation of the coronavirus pandemic based on the occurrence around the World.
He assured Nigerians of the Nigerian Army’s readiness to continue to be professional, proactive and responsive in support of the Constitution, Democracy and government in line with its assigned mandate.
He further reiterate that the army would leave no stone unturned to prepare to support the civil authority in times of emergencies of national magnitude.
“The mischief of some unpatriotic few will not dissuade the Nigerian Army from working with sister services, the Nigeria Police and other security agencies to keep Nigeria safe.
“The Nigerian Army calls on the general public to discountenance the publication going round that the Federal Government is locking down Nigeria by Friday on the basis of the content of the directive to military formations to take proactive measures to prepare for possible call out to assist civil authority in the case of COVID-19 getting worse in the country,” he said.