Abubakar tells the army to prepare to lose power

Abubakar warned his fellow soldiers to be prepared to relinquish power once a civilian government was installed, news organisations reported yesterday.

In a strongly worded address to the armed forces and police, Abubakar said coup-making had long ceased to be fashionable and undermined the cohesion of Nigeria’s army. AFP and the BBC quoted Abubakar as saying that: “Whatever might have been the merits of military interventions in earlier years, there is now overwhelming evidence that the coup-makers no longer enjoy any acceptance”. Since Nigeria’s first coup in 1966, the country has been ruled by soldiers for all but four years.


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