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Medical body fears military coup over poll deferment

2015-02-10 08:59
Nigerian President and presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) Goodluck Jonathan waves to supporters during a rally in Maiduguri on January 24, 2015. Boko Haram fighters have killed 15 villagers near Maiduguri, the epicen ~ TUNJI OMIRIN

Abuja - The Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria has condemned the postponement of the general elections warning it could lead to a military coup.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) deferred the polls scheduled for this weekend by more than a month.

The medical association in a statement signed by its President, Dr Steven Oluwole, after its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja, said the decision could lead to military revolt.

It described the decision as an insult to the collective intelligence of Nigerians.

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“Insecurity as basis for postponement of elections sets the stage for military adventurism should the insurgency remains in six weeks time,” the statement said.

The association said the suffering of Nigerians in the northeast, who are now refugees in their own country, was lamentable.

The body commended members of the association working in the northeast without adequate protection.

They called on President Goodluck Jonathan to relieve security chiefs that failed to prepare for the elections of their duties.  

"The failure or reluctance of President to act speedily and decisively may put democratic governance in jeopardy and plunge the country into chaos that will fulfill the forecast of some foreign powers," the association said.

INEC postponed the polls this past weekend citing security concerns.

- CAJ News
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