Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, had denied calling for military intervention in the country.
The Deputy Senate President made the denial in Yenagoa, while being hosted to a dinner by the Bayelsa State government and members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in the Africa Region.
The military has warned that his comment could undermine the confidence of Nigerians in the military to defend democracy.
Saying he was quoted out of context, the Deputy Senate President asked the military to situate his comment in the context of issues being discussed during the Senate plenary before reacting.
Besides, the Deputy Senate President said he will never denigrate the military, which according to him, is one of the Africa’s best fighting force.
Ekweremadu said, “Of course, some people took it out of context and said I was calling for a military coup. I never called for a military coup. I never said the military was planning any coup. Even the military’s statement admitted that my statement was only cautionary and that we were sincere. But they went as far as saying that the international community should ignore my words of caution.”
The Deputy Senate President added, “I hold the Nigerian Army and the Armed Forces in high regard. They have defended our democracy, our people and have acquitted themselves creditably. If they need anything now, it is encouragement because this is not the best of times for them. But we do hope that when parliamentarians make statements, they (the military) should be able to know exactly what they said before reacting so that we don’t overheat the system.”Please subscribe to our newsletter