Youths in the Niger Delta under the auspices of Niger Delta Youths Solidarity Movement, NDYSM, has alleged that the rumoured coup stories were concocted by oil thieves and miscreants who detest the presence of Navy and Army operatives in the region.
The movement, comprising sundry youth groups in the region, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to disregard stories of impending coup and to focus on fighting corrupt elements head long, stressing that corrupt persons want to derail the campaign against corruption by threatening him with coup d’ tat.
Addressing a press conference yesterday in Abuja, president of NDYSM, Comrade Prince Kpokpogri, said there was urgent need to debunk the rumour as the coup story was a deliberate ploy by mischief makers to pitch the president against the military for selfish motives.
He alleged that the recent sack of some top military personnel that allegedly stole or became active in politics while still in service have acted to worsen the breach of security in the region. According to him, since mandatorily retired, there appears to be a situation where the military skills of some of these disgraced officers have been added to the callousness of the militants operating in the region.
“If the Nigerian state is still in doubt, we only need to take a look at the change in the strategy being used to rustle feathers in the land. The stolen public funds seem to have found its way into the hands of groups that are now staging strong media attacks on not just key institutions in the military but also the management of its services and the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We believe these characters now dread the presence of the Nigerian military, particularly the Navy and the Army, who protect oil facilities from crude oil thieves and their agents and therefore resort to sow the seed of discord by peddling the coup story around. While we are mostly focusing on our region, we have observed that the same pattern of catalysing instability by questioning the credibility of President Buhari, tarnishing the standing and loyalty of the military and questioning its loyalty to the President and the nation have been on the rise.
“We urge President Buhari not to surrender the war against corruption to criminal elements simply because they are fantasising about a phantom coup that the military has denied anyway. The coup story is definitely a strategy that was hurriedly thrown up when they saw that they cannot dare Nigeria’s military might. Their ploy to force President Buhari to decimate the military through a purge to be triggered by the allegation of a coup has definitely failed before they have implemented it. Nigerians must make sure they continue to fail by constantly exposing their lies.”
He said the activities of militant groups like the Niger Delta Avengers have further compounded the environmental pollution that was already rife before they were initiated, saying the militant group cannot claim to be representing the interest of the region.

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