By Princess-Ekwi Ajide, Abuja
September 5 (Newshour.com.ng) – Following the coup d’etat that ousted the administration of President Ali Bongo Ondimba Last Wednesday, the Federal Government of Nigeria has joined the call for the immediate return to democratic constitutional order after observing with concerns the unfolding political developments in the Republic of Gabon.
The inauguration of the Commandant In-Chief of the Gabonese Republican Guard, Gen. Brice Olingui Nguema without an indication of a transition programme in place as Chairman of the Ruling Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions (CTRI) yesterday only serves to fan the embers of growing discontent among the political class in the country, Nigerian authorities say.
A statement signed by the spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Francisca Omayuli, indicates Nigeria, decided to join the larger international community to call for the immediate return to democratic constitutional order, as it will go a long way to pacify dissident voices and restore trust and confidence to the electorate.
The statement notes coups d’etat only serves to compound rather than address any perceived problems and that the coup d’etat in Gabon is, one coup too many in Africa and is therefore, unacceptable at a time when Africa is aspiring to consolidate on democracy and democratic principles for the attainment of United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The statement further emphasised that the Federal Government of Nigeria is committed to partnering with other democratically elected governments in Africa to sanction perpetrators of unconstitutional change of government in line with the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ADC), until democracy is given the chance to thrive in every African country for the good of its peoples.