- Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the attempted military takeover in Gabon
- The president called for respect for constitutional provisions in Gabon
- President Buhari urged military officers with political ambitions to resign or face their constitutional role
President Muhammadu Buhari has called for respect for constitutional provisions in Gabon, the oil-rich Central African nation.
The president, in a statement issued by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Tuesday, January 8, said the call had become necessary following reports of attempted military takeover in that country.
”The military officers in Gabon should understand that the era of military coups and governments in Africa and indeed worldwide, is long gone.
”Democracy is supreme and the constitutional stipulations on the peaceful change of administration must be respected. That is the only way we can ensure peace and stability not only within the country but also in the region,” the Nigerian leader said.
President Buhari, who is also the ECOWAS chairman, urged military officers with political ambitions to resign or face their constitutional role.
He also enjoined the people of Gabon to remain on the side of peace, security, stability and democracy in their country.
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In a previous report by Legit.ng, a Gabonese government spokesmen stated that the political situation in Gabon is "under control", following an attempted military coup.
According to BBC, authorities have arrested all five of the rebels who tried to take control of the government on Monday morning, January 7, as President Ali Bongo recovered from a stroke in Morocco.
Lieutenant Kelly Ondo Obiang, the leader of the self-declared Patriotic Movement of the Defence and Security Forces of Gabon said a New Year’s eve address by Bongo “reinforced doubts about the president’s ability to continue to carry out of the responsibilities of his office."
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