Femi Falana (SAN), a Lagos-based human right lawyer, has raised suspicion as to why the Nigerian Army chief of staff, Tukur Buratai, warned army officials against any plan to usurp power through a coup d'etat.

Speaking at the 50th birthday of Jiti Ogunye, on Sunday, the senior advocate said Buratai had to alert the public about the usual engagement between some officials and politicians because he knew if a coup succeeded, he would lose his properties in Dubai.

The chief of Army staff was reported had warned army officials to stay clear of political activities in the country or resign from the military if any soldier wishes to get involved in politics.

“A set of potential military dictators were planning to supplant the ruling class but then their general came out to alert the public because he was afraid that if those boys could successfully take over power, he could lose his properties in Dubai and everywhere else. So, that was why he came out to alert the public” Falana said.

However, he also warned the Nigerian politicians not to provoke the military into seeking a comeback into the governance of the country. 

He said; “…and for Nigerian politicians who are trying to warn the soldiers not to come, I think we also need to warn them not to provoke the soldiers to come back to power. Because if a former military dictator is having a wedding for his daughter and about 30 and 34 aircraft showed up, that is provocative. If somebody had to keep 9.7 million Dollars in a dumpster, I am sure you know that is provocative”.  

Also speaking at the event as the guest lecturer, Professor Omotoye Olorode, said what is being practiced in Nigeria is not a liberal democracy, rather a form of dictatorship.

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