Myanmar coup: Jonathan reacts as military siezes power, detains govt officials

Myanmar coup: Jonathan reacts as military siezes power, detains govt officials

- Former president Jonathan has issued a strong statement on the military coup in Myanmar

- The former president called on the military to release the country's elected leader and other government officials

- Jonathan also called on the coup plotters to stand down, saying he stands in solidarity with democracy across the globe

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Nigeria's former president, Goodluck Jonathan has reacted to the military coup staged in Myanmar on Monday, February 1.

Legit.ng had reported that the military toppled the democratically elected government in Myanmar, a Southeast Asian country.

The military also detained Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s leader, and other government officials.

Myanmar coup: Jonathan calls for return to constitutional order
Myanmar coup: Nigeria's former president, Goodluck Jonathan, wants Myanmar's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, released. Photo credit: The Asahi Shimbun, John Kalapo
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According to the coup plotters, the government officials were detained in response to alleged election fraud in the country's November 2020 poll.

Reacting to the development, Jonathan called on the military to release Aung San Suu Kyi.

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The former president also called for a return to constitutional order in Myanmar, saying he stands in solidarity with democracy.

He made this known in a tweet he posted on his verified Twitter handle on Monday, February 1.

His tweet reads:

"I call for the unconditional release of Myanmar’s democratically elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
"I stand in solidarity with democracy all over the world, and call for a return to constitutional order in Myanmar."

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Jonathan expressed the hope that the Joe Biden administration will lead to a mutually beneficial relationship between the United States and Africa.

The former president made the statement via Twitter on Thursday, January 21, when he congratulated Biden and Kamila Harris on their inauguration as president and vice president of the US.

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He pointed out that the election of Biden and Harris is proof that democracy is not a destination but a journey.

In other news, Jonathan has repeatedly maintained that it is too early in the day to start discussing the 2023 elections.

The former president gives such a reply whenever he is asked if he has any plan to contest in the next presidential election.

However, the growing rapport between Jonathan and some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is causing anxiety in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Source: Legit

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