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Foiled coup: Buhari calls for respect for democracy in Gabon

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

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, Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Tuesday, 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.

Mr 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.

NAN

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