Former Secretary General of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Alhaji Buba Galadima has taken a swipe at the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, over his recent disclosure that some prominent politicians had been holding secret meetings with some military officers with the intention to probably stage a coup in the country.
The Nigeria Army, had last Tuesday warned soldiers against any form of political influence following reports that some politicians were approaching them (soldiers) for some undisclosed reasons. Director, Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen. Sani Usman, who made the announcement on behalf of Buratai said the military had received information that some individuals have been approaching some officers and soldiers for undisclosed political reasons.
But Galadima, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said putting such a sensitive information in the public domain was not only scary and unsettling, but was uncalled for as it had created unnecessary anxiety in the psyche of the citizenry and doubts about Nigeria’s democracy in the international community.
In an exclusive chat with Saturday Telegraph, Galadima expressed disappointment at the development, arguing that even if the Army had credible intelligence that a coup might be in the offing, going public was not the best option but to round up the culprits and bring them to justice.
“I am shocked to hear that people are talking of unconstitutional way of changing the government. I thought democracy had come to stay and that whatever imperfections we have we will use the constitutional channel to remedy the situation.
“The constitution provides that every for years, there is an election to every electable seat in Nigeria. So we expect the people to exercise some patience whether in or out of uniform to allow the people decide because by the end of the day, the people are the ultimate in taking such decisions.”