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Nigerian army rejects calls for a handover of power from President Muhammadu Bukhara


The Nigerian armed forces have rejected calls for a handover of power from President Muhammadu Bukhara, who is facing mounting pressure due to the worsening insecurity in the country.


This is not the first time that the Nigerian armed forces have issued a statement of support for Bukhara, but their position now comes after weeks of criticism that haunted the 78-year-old former general for failing to put an end to the protracted security crisis in the country.


The Nigerian Armed Forces said in a statement that it would continue its "full" support for the government and work to protect democracy while maintaining its neutrality, affirming its commitment "entirely to the current administration and all democratic institutions associated with it."


She added, "We will continue to remain apolitical and subject to civilian authority, and are deeply loyal to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Bukhara and the 1999 constitution as amended."


Nigeria returned to democratic rule in 1999 after nearly 16 years of military rule.


Buhari, a former army commander and military governor in the 1980s, was elected president for the first time in 2015, and he was reelected four years later, pledging to end the rebellion of the extremist Boko Haram movement in the northeast.

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