“The Gabonese military must understand that the era of coups and military governments in Africa and around the world is long gone. Democracy is supreme and constitutional provisions for peaceful change of administration must be respected. This is the only way to ensure peace and stability not only in the country, but also in the region, “said Muhammadu Buhari in a statement issued Tuesday by his special assistant specializing in media and advertising, Malam Garba Shehu.
The Nigerian leader, who is also the current president of ECOWAS, urges military members with political ambitions to resign or assume their constitutional role. He also urges the Gabonese people to remain on the side of peace, security, stability and democracy.
Recall that on Monday, soldiers stormed the national radio in a coup attempt, announcing that they would set up a “National Council of the restoration”.
The military putschists were immediately neutralized. Chief Kelly Ondo Obiang and two other members of his group were arrested.