President Buhari Condemns Attempted Coup In Niger Republic
Buhari has condemned the attempted coup in Niger Republic.
President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the attempted coup in the Niger Republic, saying “any illegal effort to depose a democratically elected government is not only despicable but also unacceptable to democratic governments around the world.”
Speaking in a telephone conversation on Wednesday night with Mahamadou Issoufou, his counterpart and outgoing President on the situation in the Niger Republic, President Buhari according to a statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu warned that “the international community is hostile to the change of government by violent and unconstitutional means.”
Buhari urged African heads to remain united against coups and warned plotters to learn a lesson from history on the consequences.
The statement reads: “It is utterly naive to attempt the removal of an elected government by force.
“Military political adventurers should respect the will of the people and respect constitutional order.
“I’m particularly concerned about the negative impact of coups on African stability, peace and progress.
“Nigeria cannot be indifferent to these dangers to Africa. Coups are out of fashion and the involvement of the military in violent change of government is doing more harm than good to Africa”.
The Nigerian leader urged African leaders to “remain united against coups under whatever guise or form,” warning coup plotters to learn a lesson from history on the consequences of instability caused by violent takeover of governments.
President Buhari also used the occasion to congratulate President-elect Mohamed Bazoum on his election victory and the outgoing President’s commitment to an orderly and peaceful transfer of power.
The Nigerian leader also applauded the Niger’s security forces for suppressing the onslaught against the democratically elected Government of the people of the Niger Republic.
Several arrests have been made in connection with a coup attempt. President-elect Mohamed Bazoum is due to be sworn in on Friday.