The British government has reacted to coup rumours in Nigeria, warning against “non-democratic” change of government in the country.
In a statement suggesting coup, the spokesman to the Nigerian Army, Sani Usman, had warned that “Any officer or soldier of Nigerian Army found to be hobnobbing with such elements or engaged in unprofessional conducts such as politicking would have himself or herself to blame.”
The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, spoke Wednesday on the sidelines of an event held in Abuja to formally launch a new report on corruption in Nigeria which was put together by UK policy think-tank, Chatham House.
“The British government believes that democracy is actually critical in Nigeria,” Mr Arkwright said.
“There are elections. If you’re not happy with your leaders then you should change your leadership through the democratic process and through elections.
“Our position is very clear: we stand for democracy, we stand for the democratic process and we stand for change —if that is what the people themselves want.
“That has to be a choice the people make and not a choice that is imposed upon them,” he added.