The Nigerian Army (NA) has reaffirmed its loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari.
In doing so, the military in a statement today threatened to deal with demonstrators currently protesting against police brutality and calling for reforms of the force.
For over a week now, protests against a brutal unit of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) have been ongoing nationwide.
Although the Special Anti-Robbery Squad SARS has been scrapped, the citizens have continued to protest, accusing the government of insincerity having once pronounced the security outfit dissolved last year February but did nothing to remedy the allegations of extortions, killings and violations of human rights levelled against the brutal police unit.
In a statement authored by the acting director, Army Public Relations, Col Sagir Musa, the military indirectly refered to the aggrieved demonstrators as trouble makers warning them to stop protesting or be decisively dealt with.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to reassure law-abiding citizens that it is highly committed to the sustenance of peace, security and defence of democracy in Nigeria,” the statement read.
“As a responsible and law-abiding organisation, the NA reaffirms its unalloyed loyalty and commitment to the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Constitution of the country.
“The NA hereby, warns all subversive elements and trouble makers to desist from such acts as it remains highly committed to defending the country and her democracy at all cost.
“The NA is ready to fully support the civil authority in whatever capacity to maintain law and order and deal with any situation decisively,” it added.