Resign or face your constitutional duty, Buhari tells African military officers over coup in Gabon

WorldStage Newsonline— President Muhammadu Buhari has urged military officers across the African continent with political ambitions to resign or face their constitutional role instead.

Buhari made the statement in his capacity as ECOWAS chairman and in response to Monday’s coup attempt in neighbouring country, Gabon.

In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja today, the president called for respect for constitutional provisions in Gabon, the oil-rich Central African nation, saying the call became 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.

President 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.

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