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Presidency: Religious, former political leaders plotting to ‘overthrow’ Buhari through a coup

Valentine Chinyem

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The Presidency has raised alarm over an alleged plot by some Nigerians, working with foreign elements, to overthrow the president Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

This was revealed in a statement issued by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.

According to Adesina, the allegation is following the recent alert by the Department of State Services (DSS).

He said, the present administration was legally constituted and will deal decisively with the alleged masterminds of the coup.

The statement in part, “Further unimpeachable evidence shows that these disruptive elements are now recruiting the leadership of some ethnic groups and politicians round the country, with the intention of convening some sort of conference, where a vote of no confidence would be passed on the President, thus throwing the land into further turmoil.

“The caterwauling, in recent times, by these elements, is to prepare the grounds adequately for their ignoble intentions, which are designed to cause further grief for the country.

“The agent provocateurs hope to achieve through artifice and sleight of hands, what they failed to do through the ballot box in the 2019 elections.

“Nigerians have opted for democratic rule, and the only accepted way to change a democratically elected government is through elections, which hold at prescribed times in the country. Any other way is patently illegal, and even treasonable. Of course, such would attract the necessary consequences.

“These discredited individuals and groups are also in cahoots with external forces to cause maximum damage in their own country.

“But the Presidency, already vested with mandate and authority by Nigerians till 2023, pledges to keep the country together, even if some unruly feathers would be ruffled in the process,” the statement reads.