Factional chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, has flayed the recent call for a military coup in Nigeria.
Former chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), Eze Festus Odimegwu, was reported to have called for military intervention in an interview with Thisday Newspaper.
Reacting to the call in a statement signed by the Sole Administrator of the Forum, Osaro Onaiwu, Governor Jang described the statement credited to the former NPC boss as disturbing and surprising.
He advised the Odimegwu to refrain from calling for military rule, reminding him that the world had since moved on from regressive military regimes.
The Forum’s chairman further said a comparison of the giant strides the nation had witnessed within 15 years of civilian rule were a sharp contrast to the under development of the country which was the hallmark of decades of military rule.
Jang noted that no Nigerian would like to experience a return to military rule even as he urged the military to ignore the call.
“We call on all Nigerians to resist every attempt to denigrate civilian rule, but instead, do a personal evaluation and will find that civilian rule has been of immense benefit to all, even though we still have a long way to go owing to the many years of zero investment in basic infrastructure”, Jang said in the statement.
However, he commended military personnel for their sacrifice in the fight against terrorism and urged them to remain focused and committed to their primary role of defending the territorial integrity of Nigeria.