- President Muhammadu Buhari has broken his silence on the attempted coup in Niger Republic
- Buhari who expressed solidarity with the outgoing leader explained that it is naive to attempt the removal of an elected government by force
- The Nigerian leader also expressed concern about the negative impact of coups on African stability, peace, and progress
Following an attempted coup in Niger, President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, March 31, says any illegal effort to depose a democratically elected government is despicable.
According to him, it is utterly naive to attempt the removal of an elected government by force.
The president who also spoke with his Niger Republic counterpart Mahamadou Issoufou while away in the United Kingdom in a telephone conversation condemned the incident.
He warned that the international community is hostile to the change of government by violent and unconstitutional means.
Buhari charged military political adventurers to respect the will of the people and constitutional order.
Legit.ng recalls that what could have turned out to be a successful coup plot in Niger Republic was thwarted by gallant soldiers after gunshots were heard near the presidential palace at Niamey on Wednesday, March 31.
The development triggered suspicion that a coup plot was about to unfold just days to the inauguration of the president-elect, Mohamed Bazoum.
Though calm has returned to the area, it also stated that the United States Embassy in Niamey warned that it would remain closed due to gunshots. The embassy, therefore, alerted its officials to stay at their respective homes until further notice.
Similarly, the government of Niger Republic arrested soldiers who spear-headed an attempted coup.
Although details of the arrest are still sketchy, the coup attempt was led by a captain in the nation's armed forces.
In another report, President Buhari on Monday, March 8 said that Nigeria is concerned about the stability of its northern neighbour, Niger Republic.
The president made the comment while receiving a report on the elections in the country from former Nigerian vice president, Namadi Sambo.
Sambo is the head of mission of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, on the election.