Sahara Reporters is claiming that some military and intelligence officers have revealed that the threat of a political coup in the country was real and ongoing.
The medium said the officers alleged that the supposed cabal in the government was fine-tuning new schemes to retain power should President Muhammadu Buhari become officially incapacitated as a result of his illness.
The report mentioned Senate President Bukola Saraki and Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to the Muhammadu Buhari, as making moves to ensure they hijack power in the event of a power tussle where the ailing president lets go.
At the time of this report, the Saraki and Kyari had not officially reacted to the grave allegation from the unnamed military and intelligence officers.
Part of the new schemes to wrestle power from the acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, according to the report, include the use of a combination of propaganda and some military-backed action.
“The sources urged Mr Osinbajo to order his trusted security and intelligence hands to be attentive to any small detail or unnecessary movements in order not to be caught unawares by the machinations of those who seek to exploit the vacuum created by Mr Buhari’s absence to enthrone themselves in power.
“They warned that the country’s current circumstances are similar to the Yar’Adua days, adding that a new set of power-hungry actors in top government positions believe that Mr Buhari’s health problems provide another opportunity to try their luck at grabbing power.
“The officers noted that, in May 2017, current Army Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, raised the scare of a coup d’état, adding that, two months later, nobody had been arrested and no further revelations made about the ostensible coup plan. Describing General’s Buratai’s talk as ‘a fake coup scare,’ the security sources said it was part of the cabal’s propaganda to test the prospect of seizing power with military might,” Sahara Reporters alleged.
The Nigerian Army is also yet to react to this claim by unnamed military officers.
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