As the leadership of Nigeria, especially across the old northern region, continue to weigh their options in the likely event that Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari’s poor health becomes worse during his current medical checkup in London, USAfrica News Index May 7–May 17, 2017 indicate that rumors of possible military coup are spreading.
The realistic implications has moved the country’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, to issue a stern warning to members of its armed forces to avoid politicking: “This is to inform the public that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Nigerian Army, has received information that some individuals have been approaching some officers and soldiers for undisclosed political reasons. On the basis of that, he has warned such persons to desist from these acts.”
Such rumored coup, ostensibly and allegedly, will seek to keep the presidency in the north; and “supercede” the position of the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, a professor of law, from Nigeria’s southwest Yoruba.
Although millions of Nigerians might not be happy with the token dividends of its return to democracy since 1999 but they will not clap and cheer for a return to another regime of military dictatorship. By Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of USAfrica and author of the soon-to-be-released 2017 book titled ‘Mandela & Achebe: Leadership, Identity and Footprints of Greatness’