Mr. Paul Arkwright, the British High Commissioner, said that the United Kingdom will not let any other political system to be implemented in Nigeria except democracy. He said this amid speculations on some top military personnel holding secret meetings with top politicians in the country.
Tukur Buratai reacted to the statement made by the Nigerian Chief of Army Staff saying that some politicians were approaching soldiers with the intention of taking power, Mr. Arkwright announced to newsmen that United Kingdom will not permit any other system to be practiced in Nigeria except democracy.
Looking back on the colonial era, he said, “We colonized Nigeria and have no doubt that democracy is the only political system that can save Nigeria.”
He encouraged Nigerian soldiers to work professionally and to refrain from any illegal meetings. Buratai said that anyone who is found violating the rules will have himself hold accountable.
“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.”
In connection to the statement, Mr. Arkwright said, “No other system will work in Nigeria, except democracy, UK believes so much in democracy and that is why we introduced it to Nigeria during the colonial era, we believe so much in democracy.”
“So 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 of Nigeria wants.”
“It has to be a choice that the people make and not a choice that is imposed upon them.”
“The British Government believes that democracy is absolutely critical in Nigeria. There is a democratic process here, there are elections . If you are not happy with your leaders, then you should change your leadership process through your leaders and through elections,” he said.