The Defence Headquarters has promised Nigerians that there will be a peaceful transition to a new government on May 29, 2023, News About Nigeria reports.
The Director of Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami, made the assurance on Thursday at a press briefing in Abuja.
Danmadami dismissed reports of chaos and unrest that could hinder the inauguration ceremony, stating that such rumours were not new.
He cited the general elections as an example, where people had predicted that the country would be destroyed due to the contest for the presidential seat.
Despite the apprehension created by such reports, he noted that nothing had happened.
He assured Nigerians that the military is fully alert and prepared to counter any plans to cause calamity during the inauguration ceremony on May 29.
The spokesperson also responded to Governor El-Rufai’s recent warning that bandits could take advantage of the transition period to launch bloody attacks in the country.
Danmadami stated that the military is already doing its best to ensure peace and security, and there is no need for unnecessary alarm.
He assured Nigerians that the military will continue to give its best, adding that security operations against bandits would be increased in the remaining days of the current administration and beyond.
The Defence Headquarters’ reassurance comes amid growing concerns about the security situation in the country, particularly in the wake of the spate of attacks by terrorists, bandits, and other criminal elements.
The Nigerian military has been engaged in several operations across the country to combat insecurity, including the ongoing war against Boko Haram in the Northeast, and other security challenges in different parts of the country.
The forthcoming transition to a new government has also raised concerns about the possibility of violence and unrest, particularly given the tension and acrimony that characterised the last election cycle.