President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the coup attempt in Niger Republic, describing it as despicable and unacceptable to government’s around the world.
President Buhari, according to a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in a telephone conversation with the outgoing President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou.
Buhari, who is currently in London for medical check-up, noted that he was disturbed on the negative impact of coups on African stability and progress, adding that forceful take-over of power by military is out of fashion.
“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 President was quoted as saying.
The Nigerian leader urged African leaders to “remain united against coups under whatever guise or form,” warning coup plotters to learn lesson from history on the consequences of instability caused by violent takeover of governments.
President Buhari also used the occasion to congratulate the President-elect Mohamed Bazoum on his election victory and the outgoing President’s commitment to orderly and peaceful transfer of power.
The Nigerian leader also applauded Niger’s security forces for suppressing the onslaught against the democratically elected Government of the people of Niger Republic.
Security forces had thwarted a military coup launched by a unit from a nearby air base in the West African country’s capital, Niamey, on Wednesday, two days to the historic handover of power to a newly elected president.
The coup was foiled by presidential guards who engaged in shelling and gunfire with the assailants while several persons connected with the onslaught have been detained.
Outgoing President Issoufou had stepped down after two five-year terms while his to-be successor, Mohamed Bazoum, a former interior minister from the governing party, is to be sworn in Friday, one that will mark the country’s first transition of power from one democratically elected leader to another.