Nigerian president condemns attempted coup in Gabon

Source: Xinhua| 2019-01-08 23:34:46|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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ABUJA, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday condemned an attempted military takeover in Gabon on Monday.

In a statement, Buhari called for respect for democracy and the constitutional provisions in the oil-rich country along the Atlantic coast of Central Africa.

The era of military coups and governments in Africa and worldwide was long gone, said the president, calling on military officers in the country to take caution.

Buhari, who is also chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), urged military officers in Gabon with political ambitions to resign or face their constitutional role and called on the people of Gabon to remain on the side of peace, security, stability and democracy in their country.

The chief military rebel who led the failed coup in Gabon on Monday has been arrested and two of his commandos were killed after they stormed a public radio station, the Gabonese presidency said earlier in the day.

Six rebel troops in Gabon burst into the national radio station, "neutralizing" gendarmes in front of the building before making their broadcast.

Security forces stormed the radio station in the capital Libreville to take it back, killing two rebels, arresting their leader and freeing journalists who had been forced to help rebels make their appeal.

Gabon's President Ali Bongo is currently recovering in Morocco, after suffering a stroke in late October 2018.