… Say oil thieves behind rumour
Chris Steven, Abuja
Youths in the Niger Delta region under the auspices of the Niger Delta Youths Solidarity Movement (NDYSM) have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to disregard stories of an impeding coup plot being allegedly planned by some militants with some military officials , saying such stories are mere rumours being concorted by oil thieves and miscreants who detest the presence of Navy and Army in the region.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja at the weekend , President of NDYSM, Comrade Prince Kpokpogri said there was an urgent need to debunk the rumour as the coup story was a deberate ploy by mischief makers to pitch the President against the military for the selfish motives.
He alleged that the recent sack of some top military personnel that stole or became active in politics while still in service has also contributed to the breach of security in the region even as he urged the President not to surrender the war against corruption
“If the Nigerian state is still in doubt, we only need to take a look at the change in the strategy being used to rustle feathers in the land. The stolen public fund seems to have found its way into the hands of groups that are now staging strong media attacks on not just key institutions in the military but also the management of its services and the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We believe these characters now dread the presence of the Nigerian Military particularly the Navy and the Army that protect oil facilities from crude oil thieves and their agents and therefore resort to sow the seed of discord by peddling the coup story around.
While we are mostly focusing on our region, we have observed that the same pattern of catalysing instability by questioning the credibility of President Buhari, tarnishing the standing and loyalty of the military and questioning its loyalty to the President and the nation have been on the rise.
“In view of the bad light in which the militants with the active backing of the ex-military officers sought to cast the entire Niger Delta region, we deem it imperative to warn them to stop blackmailing the institution of the military. We do not wish that their bluff snowballs into something else. These ex-military officers must know that there are other ways of seeking redemption in the aftermath of the disgraceful and unbefitting end to what should have been their illustrious careers. There is still time to rethink and act differently.
“We urge President Buhari not to surrender the war against corruption to criminal elements simply because they are fantasizing about a phantom coup that the military has denied anyway. The coup story is definitely a strategy that was hurriedly thrown up when they saw that they cannot dare Nigeria’s military might. Their ploy to force President Buhari to decimate the military through a purge to be triggered by the allegation of a coup has definitely failed before they have implemented it. Nigerians must make sure they continue to fail by constantly exposi