Tinubu Reacts To Gabon Coup, Expresses Fear Over Spread Of ‘Autocratic Contention’ In Africa

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President Bola Tinubu has reacted to the latest coup in Gabon, where President Ali Bongo has been outsted and placed under house arrest. The Nigerian president expressed deep concern over the recent events in Gabon, where a coup attempt has created uncertainty in the region.

Presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, disclosed this to State House correspondents during a media briefing at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

According to him, the president emphasised the importance of upholding democratic principles in Africa.

Tinubu underlined the significance of the rule of law and the constitutional resolutions in resolving electoral disputes, emphasising that these principles should be preserved on the African continent.

He said, “President Bola Tinubu is watching closely with deep concern for the country’s social political stability and at the seeming autocratic contention apparently spreading across different regions of our beloved continent.

“The President as a man who has made significant personal sacrifices in his own life in the course of advancing and defending democracy is of the unwavering belief that power belongs in the hands of Africa’s great people and not in the barrel of a loaded gun.

“The President affirms that the rule of law and a faithful recourse to the constitutional resolutions and instruments of electoral dispute resolution must not at any time be allowed to perish from our great continent.

“To this end, the President is working very closely and continues to communicate with other Heads of States in the African Union towards a comprehensive consensus on the next steps forwards with respect to how the power in Gabon will play out and how the continent will respond to contagious autocracy we have seen spread across our continent.”

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