Ahead of the May 29 handover, the Defence Headquarters on Monday vowed to resist anything that would truncate democracy. Brigadier General Tukur Gusau, Director of Defence Information, made this known to journalists Abuja.
At the same time that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, threatened to crack down on potential threats to national security and warned the Indigenous People of Biafra, Eastern Security Network, and other fringe groups not to test the military’s resolve.
Gasau said the peaceful conduct of the general elections despite the insecurity engineered by the outlawed groups was a testament to the military’s resolve to ensure security across the country.
The military spoke against the backdrop of the preceding security situation in parts of the country and the recent agitation for interim national government by some groups dissatisfied with the outcome of the presidential election won by the All Progressives Congress candidate, Bola Tinubu.
Citing the violence and other malpractices that allegedly characterised the polls, the groups were insisting that Tinubu should not be sworn in on May 29, noting that an interim government should be put in place instead.
Sequel to the clamour, the Department of State Services had alerted the nation to a plot by unnamed politicians to scuttle the transition and install an interim government.
The secret police said it was monitoring the plotters and warned them against fomenting any crisis in the country.