Two Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Yusuf Ali and former Edo State Attorney-General, Chief Charles Uwesuyi-Edosomwan Wednesday said the army’s reassurance that there would be no coup was welcome, but the matter should not end there.
Ali warned that a coup was not even in the best interests of the Armed Forces, besides its negative consequences on democracy and development.
He urged those floating the idea of a coup to jettison it.
Ali said: “It’s not even in the interest of the Armed Forces to intervene in democratic governance. First, it’s not fashionable anywhere in the world for anybody to take over government other than in accordance with the Constitution.
“Secondly, our experience has shown that military rule has retarded our overall development.
Thirdly, it also retarded the growth of the Armed Forces as a professional body.
“Fourthly, it led to the truncation of the careers of so many officers, either by death of by dismissal. And of course, it’s a traumatising experience for Nigerians. It doesn’t make for progress.”
Uwesuyi-Edosomwan said the matter should not end with the army saying there was no coup plot.
Those behind the plot should be tried, he said.
“One is a bit disturbed about murmurings regarding a restive military. The military must be subjected to civil rule and any act of revolution or coup is treasonable,” he said.
According to him, the last thing Nigerians need at this time is a rumour of a coup when the president is recovering from an ailment.
“Whoever is involved or is thinking about a coup should banish the thought. Depending on where the coup is coming from, it will result in untold consequences in terms of system of governance, and there will be far-reaching consequences on our economy,” he said.
On the DHQ’s no-coup statement, he said: “I endorse entirely. They should go further to fish out the people involved and publicly try them.”
Uwesuyi-Edosomwan added that Nigerians would not accept a “backward military government” despite the shortcomings and challenges of democracy.